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December 2020

7 Dec 2020, 19:50 UTC
December 2020
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December 5th 2130 GMT Meteor Hunt Conditions were not perfect, with cloud around but it was almost mandatory to leave out the Geminid meteors. It was still early in the shower, with the peak on about December 14th. My experiences with meteors previously in the year had been mixed, with a good view of the Lyrids and a few photos, to being clouded out for the Perseids, Leonids and Orionids. I used my normal technique of taking multiple shots with an intervalometer with my DSLR at 18mm focal length, ISO 6400 and 6 seconds exposure, with a 6 second interval before the next one. Gemini was near the bottom of the frame.I caught a meteor at 2207 GMT. It was not a shower meteor but most astronomers would take it!I processed 10 early frames to reveal Auriga.December 5th 1735 GMT Jupiter, Saturn and Deep Sky It was not completely dark but the weather had been unreliable for several days. I started off with my prime target of Jupiter and Saturn together. They fitted comfortably into my camera field of view at 300mm focal length, ISO 6400 and 2 seconds exposure, standard stuff. There were a couple of faint dots near ...

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