Photos of Objects in our Solar System: UPDATED 27-AUG-2017
With the Geminids peaking tonight and a clear sky after two nights of snow, I charged the camera battery and got a quick setup going to take some pictures of the sky. As for any nigh sky photo, both lens stabilizer and auto-focus is set to OFF and focused manually at infinity. Then found a corner of the yard shielded from stray lights and planted the tripod, roughly aiming the camera 70deg up and pointing east (the constellation Gemini was rising at 10pm).
However at -15C outside, the old battery wouldn’t last very long. I left it running for about 30 minutes, taking 20 seconds exposure at ISO 800 with a 17mm F4 lens. The camera is now thawing (covered with frost after bringing it indoors) and will wait until tomorrow before checking the pictures out.
In the brief moments that I was outside I caught a 2-3 meteors and one really bright one (easily visual magnitude -4). So even living in the city, the Geminids are visible and accessible to all. With my feet deep in snow I wasn’t dressed well enough to hang around in the cold wind to watch the show for long. So I hope the camera managed to capture a few.