Perseid fireball

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perseid-meteor-in-cygnusThis year saw perfect conditions for the annual Perseid meteor shower. With the Moon out of the way, and clear skies for the main event. The aim was to do better than last year, and if possible capture a rare fireball.

I used the super wide angle Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 to give myself the best chance of grabbing the shot.

In the first image, captured a couple of days before the peak, I got lucky with a bright meteor passing through Cygnus. But better was to come with another clear night on the peak of the shower…

perseid-fireballAt around 12:30 am a stunning fireball lit up the sky. A super bright exploding meteor, a bolide, passed directly overhead! Frustratingly I only captured the start of the meteor trail, with the brilliant explosion happening out of frame.

After hastily moving the tripod, I took a sequence of shots of the still glowing ionisation trail left by the meteor, which persisted for several minutes. The animation of 30 second exposures shows the trail dispersing in the upper atmosphere.

Details: Nikon D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. 30 second exposures at 11mm, f2.8 and iso 1600.


  1. Dell Reply

    HI fantastic work you are doing here, just wondered where you sourced your Hoya Red Intensfier (Didymium Filter) lens from I can’t seem to get one for 58mm anywhere.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    clear skies


    • Nick Reply

      Thanks Dell – I bought the didymium filter on eBay. Doesn’t look to be many available at the moment though.

      I’d say it’s a good idea to buy a set of . That way you can buy a larger filter and fit it to any size lens, eg a 72mm filter on a 58mm lens thread.

      Hope that helps – Nick

  2. Dell Reply

    Okay, Thanks for your help

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