Perseid and Crater

Perseid meteor and galactic center over the rim of Crater Lake, August 2015

After years of missing the Perseid meteor shower, either because of work commitments or the Pacific NorthWest's persistent and tenacious cloud cover, I finally managed to see the shower and get some wide field astrophotographs including them this year. This shot was taken from the rim of the crater at Crater Lake National Park in central Oregon. The lights on the horizon are from the Crater Rim village and Mazama camp ground, the shot is directed almost due East, towards the galactic center that is rising to the right. A large forest fire to the south of the park has resulted in a smoky haze in the lower atmosphere, giving the sky a warm diffuse glow.

Shot with my Nikon D800E at ISO 3200, 25 second exposure at 24 mm, f2.8. 11:33 PM on August 12.