Leonid meteor 20171117_004343

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Alex Pratt
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Hi Bill,

The analysis gave the meteor an apparent magnitude of -1.5, as seen from my location. A meteor’s absolute magnitude is its estimated magnitude had it been in the observer’s / camera’s zenith at an altitude of 100 km. This meteor could easily have appeared brighter from your station.

It can be challenging to record meteors with a DSLR. Lens effective aperture and ISO setting are big factors. I have an example of a bright Perseid that was spectacular on my video camera but a much more feeble streak on my DSLR image.

Clear skies,

     Alex.