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Last Saturday night was the peak of the 2012 Perseid meteor shower so as every year, Isabelle and I set out to watch the shooting stars in a cloudless night.

This year we rode to the Calern plateau where the Cote d’Azur observatory is located and where the light pollution is reduced to a level acceptable for astronomical observations.

We had a picnic with a couple of good friends and when the sky finally turned black, we laid down and watched dozens of shooting starts cross the sky.

While we enjoyed the show, my camera was clicking away next to one of the telescope domes which is sadly unused these days …

Some amateurs had brought their telescopes on the plateau and let us observe planets and constellations which was the icing on the cake.

This image is a composite of 23 4′ exposures at f/4 and 100 ISO plus one 4′ black frame and a 30″ exposure at f/4 and 200 ISO where I light painted the dome. Thy have been assembled using my Image Stacking Gimp script.

Category: Long ExposureNightStar Trails

Image URL: http://photo.tassy.net/night/calern-observatory/