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Saturday, May 24th, 2014
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Aurora — No Meteors

It was thought that this evening, on the event of the earth's first time passing through comet 209/P LINEAR's tail, that we might get an actual meteor "storm."

Alas, it was not to be. Deb and I sat out there for half an hour staring right at the storm's predicted centroid, with decent viewing conditions, and... nothing.

I did, however, catch this auroral ray zipping its way south out of Canada. At that moment, I'm almost certain I heard a whisper in the sky, something about lumberjacks being ok...

I strapped my 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens on for this one, as it distorts a little bit less than my 24mm ƒ/1.4 lens. These are terrible lenses when it comes to trying to shoot high contrast things like stars. Sigh. Someday, someday, Canon might come up with a lens that doesn't have metric poop-tons of color and topological distortion in this kind of regime. Oh, please.

As is my habit, I uploaded the full resolution image, but I don't recommend looking at it. The distortion of the stars everywhere but at the center of the shot is quite painful to view.

#aurora

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Width: 5472
Height: 3648
Company:  Canon
Camera:  Canon EOS 6D
Shot On:  2014:05:24 00:15:11
Lens Model:  EF50mm ƒ/1.4 USM
Aperture:  ƒ/1.4
Focal Length:  50.0mm
Metering Mode:  Pattern
Exposure Mode:  Manual
Flash:  Did Not Fire
Exposure Time:  10.0 seconds
Exposure Program:  Manual
ISO:  12800

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