Yes, this is outside the bounds of cat and animal photography, but the night sky is one of my favorite subjects.  So when once in a lifetime opportunities present themselves and the weather is good in my location, I tend to jump on seeing them.

Here we have the new meteor shower, which really wasn't, from the remnants of comet P209/LINEAR.  This was actually my first all night, one shot timelapse.  Most night timelapses that I've done in the past I usually only did for an hour or two so I could change up for a different shot, or more likely the event was over/got cloudy/tired/etc.  This time I was determined to make in an all nighter.  So I headed out to what was labeled as the nearest dark skies to me according to http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/, which ended up being about an hour away on the northern edge of Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, WI.  I got there around 9:30pm and drove around on back roads for a while looking for interesting northern views, but after a while settled on just an unobstructed view of the north.  I started taking pictures around 11pm and stopped around 4:15am.

The start of a satellite trail

The start of a satellite trail

All in all, it looks like I have a lot of satellites. However, I can't be too sure.  Since each frame is 20 seconds of time, it's impossible for a meteor streak to be in two or more of the frames, unless I happened to catch a 3 second trail or so at the tail end of one frame and the start of the next.  However, there are a lot of tiny streaks that appear in successive frames emanating from roughly around the radiant that don't appear connected, yet have the same path.  So perhaps it's possible that it's different meteors on roughly the same path, but I'm not willing to definitively say that.

Settings/gear used:
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8LII @ 16mm f/2.8
Canon 5DMKIII, ISO 3200, 20s exposure, RAW
885 total frames

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