For a few Quadrantids

For a few Quadrantids

By looking at this shot, you may say I have lost a sence of originality after the recent Geminids and produce just another winter-cottage nightscape with meteors in the sky. Well, the truth is I didn’t have any other choice this time. After I found out the peak of annual Quadrantid meteor shower (in the morning of 4 January, 2019) with its best circumstances until 2022 should be the threatened by cloudy or even snowy weather, I drove over 340 km of difficult winter terrain for clear skies from my vacation in Slovak Republic back to my cottage as I needed to take some extra equipment, check the current weather and travel more for some nice composition. However, when I finally arrived, the situation rapidly changed from the forecast hours before and so I was forced to reconcile with sad reality that even in the Czech Republic the meteor shower performance was hidden above clouds. But I still didn’t want to give up so I was checking cloud situation every half an hour when just dozens of minutes before the predicted maximum the sky partially cleared up. Not for long time, perhaps for an hour or so, but the waiting was worth it. Even for that short time many meteors were randomly streaking the moonles sky, some of them were pretty bright (as bright as planet Jupiter). The dream came true, after all. And here is the reultant multiexposure of the minutes when I was staring in the show, just before another heavy cloudiness arrived. The view shows me agains the anti-radiant point so it seem like the meteors were literally hailing down. Used Canon 6D, Samyang 12 mm, f2.8, ISO 10000, 16×15 seconds multiexposure (meteors added in one foreground image).