DON'T BLINK

Observing and photographing meteors

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One of my favourite episodes of Dr Who is 'Blink'. It's the one that introduced us to the scary Weeping Angels, creatures of stone who are frozen into statues any time you look at them, but who can move if you close your eyes - even for the split second it takes you to blink. 'Whatever you do,' warns the Doctor to his companions, 'don't even blink.' That, to me, is the essence of a good scare. Taking the everyday, and making it something of dread...

Perseids season is full of all those 'don't blink' moments. Not this time to do with sci-fi fictional monsters, but to do with something else that can come and go in the time it takes you to blink: meteors. With many of them blazing across the sky in a fraction of a second, there is a major dollop of luck needed that you'll be looking in the right direction when they happen - and that you'll not be blinking at the time!

This eBook will give you an idea of where to look for meteors, tips on how to photograph them - and a guide to things that might appear in your photos that aren't quite meteors at all...