Leonid Bolide Detail"
South Park, Colorado
November 18, 2001
Fujicolor Professional Press P- 800
ISO 800 color negative film -- pushed 1 stop
Pentax Spotmatic camera with 28 mm lens at f/3.5 / 2 minute
This bright bolide fireball streaked through Orion sometime
after the Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) reached a maximum of
almost 3000, and lasted from 03:10 A.M. MST to 03:30 A.M.
MST on November 18, 2001. The round object in the direct
foreground is the telescope tube (the camera was riding
piggyback and being driven by the telescope's clock drive
to compensate for the Earth's rotation). Note the dust
cloud already being ejected from the combustion of the
meteorite in our atmosphere. The detail along the "head"
of the meteor is fascinating as well..
The Leonid meteor shower astrophotography
is available via telephone ordering as noted below.