Orionid Meteor

Equipment Info
-3321928/1000000 sec. / ISO 6400
Nearest Area
Wet Mountain Valley
Westcliffe, CO
Brief Directions
Colorado CR 69, 9 miles South of Westcliffe
When it comes to photography I always enjoy experimenting and leaving traditional thinking by trying different ways to "get the shot". Like this morning. I got up early (4 a.m.), hoping to capture a photo of a meteor since the Orionids are about to peak this week. But instead of going for the typical (a bit boring, been-there-done-that) shot “small meteor over dark landscape”, I took a gamble and didn’t use any of my obligatory 14mm or 20mm wide angle lenses but attached a 50mm lens. I knew this would limit my field of vision - and therefore also my chances of getting a meteor at all - drastically. But I figured if I get lucky and a meteor happens to zip through the small area my lens was pointed at, this meteor would be much more visible than in any of the usual wide angle images at night, where meteors show up as little, slightly illuminated scratches in the photo. Well, my gamble worked out beautifully: A bright meteor came streaking through the photo at 5:48 am, burning up in neon green, yellow and hot pink to the left of the constellation Orion! You can even see the nebulae in Orion quite clear. And a bit to the center-top of the photo and parallel to the meteor is the fine line of a satellite. I just love when gambles end up work out. Enjoy!
Date Added
October 19, 2020
Date Taken
October 19, 2020