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Kathie O'Donnell
Rapid City, SD
06:09 am

Equipment Details:

Nikon Z6ii with f2.8 14-24 mm lens using interval timer set for 15 second exposures

Post-processing Details:

Moved exposure back to the left to darken the sky.

Image Details:

Unlike last year, I saw less Quadrantids in about the same amount of time 0430 to 0630. I used the PhotoPills app to pick the best time and direction to shoot from. Like last year the ISS gracefully cruised across the sky but I couldn't convince any meteors to jump into the image. Viewed over 30 meteors last year, 10 this year. Despite taping the lens to focus during the day, the focus wasn't ideal. A lens heater and battery back were used. The high wires were lit by an oncoming car making them look like a whisk. Kudos to John Ashley for his great shot!