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Leonid  Meteor ,  19  November  2002

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   Heading straight out of the head of Leo and leaving bright Jupiter behind, this meteor was part of the excellent 2002 Leonid display. The image was captured at 2 AM on the morning of 19 November 2002 on Fuji Provia 400F film with a Nikon F100 camera and 24 mm f/3.3 Nikkor lens using a 15 second exposure. This was by far the best image out of more than 200 frames shot. I used three different films for this effort, Fuji Provia 400F, Konica Centuria 800, and Kodak Supra 800. In spite of the nominal speed difference, the Provia proved the best of the 3 films in terms of sensitivity as well as color balance. The Kodak Supra was by far the poorest performer and confirms that this film is useless for any type of night-time imaging.


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