Each August the earth moves in to the path of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle and we’re treated to the Persied Meteor Shower. This year I decided to take advantage of a few days off from work, and make a stargazing trip to the Nebraska sandhills for the peak nights of the shower. This region in North-Central Nebraska provides some of the least light polluted skies to be found in the lower 48 states, and I’m fortunate to live within a few hours of it.
The trip was not a disappointment. The area was beautiful, the weather cooperated for the most part, and we were treated to a beautiful display in the early morning hours. While meteors aren’t particularly photogenic themselves, I also wanted to use the trip to to try some of the astrophotography techniques outlined on Lonely Speck for capturing images of the Milky Way. It’s an excellent resource, with a ton of useful information, that I highly recommend checking out.
While not many of my shots turned out, I was happy with the end result for my first foray into astrophotography. I look forward to trying to improve on the results in the future, but in the meantime I wanted to share my two favorite images.