My Leonids — Not!

   Despite going to bed last night with a partially cloudy sky I was up at 3 am CST this morning setting up my camera for some timelapse sequences of the constellation Leo the Lion as it rose. I was hoping to be able to capture at least one Leonid by taking a picture every 45 seconds until the camera batteries ran out of power.
   The sky was clear enough when I started the picture taking sequence and Leo was well placed to the left of the large Oak tree in my back yard giving me enough space to capture at least a couple of hours of pictures. So with a camera set to 3-second exposure time, ISO at 800, and the aperture at f5.6 I wound up with almost 60 useable pictures. At those settings despite the clouds most of the stars of the backward question mark shape for Leo are apparent.


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