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Perseids, New Moon and La Palma - The Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseids, New Moon and La Palma - The Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

After traveling La Palma twice before and my first mindblowing Milky Way experience at the Roque de Los Muchachos in 2017 there was no question to return for the Perseids 2018. I should be my first meteor shower outside of an urban area and I spent 3 incredible nights in a row at the same spot for this photo.

Unfortunately I had to work almost every morning on a building site near Santa Cruz to finance that trip. My Host and building site boss - his name is Pan - was very lovely and patient and gave me lots of freedom to photograph that meteor shower. Thanks Man!

On top of that mountain there was a lot of stuff going on during that first two nights. Many people with cars and lights were really busy up there to find the best spot and there was lots of cheering from all over. It was also the first time I used a star tracker with 2 min exposures of the sky.

I decided to shoot in south direction and not towards the radiant of the meteors because I wanted to have these incredible Telescopes in the foreground which are fascinating me so hard. Seeing the reflection of the stars in the mirrors of the two Magic Telescopes is so overwhelmingly impressive and beautiful that I could spent just nights watching them work. The new LST-1 on the right side was still under construction during that time so the mirrors were still covered and it’s camera is still missing. In the background you see the massive dome of the GTC (right) which is - at the moment - „worlds largest single-aperture optical telescope“ (www.gtc.iac.es) and the Italian TNG (middle). On the left side under bright shining mars is the Nordic Optical Telescope NOT which is working there since 1989.

I was dreaming a long time to get the very bright and detailed for alactic center with the Meteors and Telescopes in one Panorama. During the post preceding some of the meteors disappeared so I had to add the again afterwards.

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Composite / Pano / Tracked

11 August 2018
Nikon D810 / AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm 1:1,8G
Foreground: 1 x 5 Pano / ISO 1000 20 sec f/3.2
Background: 3 x 7 Pano / ISO 800 120 sec f/2.0
Tracked with Vixen Polarie Star Tracker

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Photo taken on 10 August 2018 (© Martin Lovekosi / Flickr)

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