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Stars Timelapse #6

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I didn't hold out much hope of any decent photography during the three day weekend in the Lake District my wife Liz and I planned for late November 2017.

Not exactly the time of year for dry weather in this part of the world - those lakes are there for a reason!

But I was pleasantly suprised when the Saturday and Sunday turned out to be reasonably clear, and even more importantly, Saturday night through to Sunday morning was both clear and cold.

The reason for my excitement was that the peak of the Leonid meteor shower was on Saturday night into early Sunday morning, and with reasonably little light pollution and no moon I was hopeful of being able to photograph at least some meteors against the stars.

This time lapse was the second sequence I filmed that night, starting in the early hours of Sunday morning.

With my tripod mounted camera pointed vertically skywards, my homemade heater keeping the front of the lens clear and a fresh battery and memory card fitted I set the intervalometer going and went back to bed.

I got up before sunrise and staggered out to the frost covered car park in my dressing gown to see what had given up first, the camera's battery or the memory card.

It was the battery that had given up first, but not until over 700 frames had been taken, which was pretty impressive given that I was shooting continous 15 second exposures in below freezing conditions for just under three and a half hours!

The lens heater was still working as well, with the front element of my 14mm Samyang gratifying clear while everything else was distinctly frosty.

But despite the technical side of things working so well, the actual video seems devoid of meteors.

Still, it's a quite lovely rendition of star movement, with the major constellations glowing against the night sky with just a hint of twilight creeping in at the end of the sequence.

I'll have to give it another go with the Geminid meteors in mid-December if the weather holds.

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Video data

Filename - stars timelapse 06.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 14mm prime

Exposure (start of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 15 seconds

Location - Above Windermere, Lake District, England

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 26 seconds