They were calling for heavy meteor activity on 7-30-2019, so I figured it would be a great opportunity to get out with the GoPro Hero 7 Black under the stars to see what it can do. So to the rooftops I went with Gopro in hand!
My setting is not what most would consider idea being in the heart of red zone. Though atmospheric condition on the 30th were perfect, or supposed to have been perfect.
When working with the go pro in conditions like this you are really limited as to what you can do. It’s not like using a DSLR, or Mirrorless camera that can be tweaked and fine tuned infinitely. Also using light pollution, or notch filters is also out of the question, though I am sure it would be easy enough to rig something up.
Because I started shooting early and allowed the camera to run through the night till early dawn. I allowed the Gopro to automatically adjust it’s shutter speed. Which in retrospect was a mistake. I also set my upper and lower ISO levels to low. To pull as much information out of the sky as possible it is critical that each frame is exposed to the max, in fact as far as the camera can be pushed without completely pushing data to the point of no return.
Despite these oversights I was able to pull enough data out of the stars to put together this nice star trail image.