Kevin R. Witman
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April 22, 2020 9:31PM EDT
Celestron EDGE 9.25 HD with 0.7x Focal Reducer (1645mm focal length) and a modified Canon 1000D DSLR. Guiding was performed with an iOptron iEQ45 GTN mount and a Celestron OAG with a ZWO ASI120mm guiding camera.
I started a new astrophotography project visiting Intermediate Spiral Galaxy NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis on the evening of April 22, 2020. During this night in Eastern Pennsylvania the Lyrid Meteor Shower was predicted to peak with a sparse rate of only 10-15 meteors/hour. The last thing that I expected to see was a meteor nicely framed in the field of view in one of the 21 x 4 minute light frames. Using the SkyX software, a position angle of 96 degrees was calculated for the meteor. This East-West direction of the meteor makes it a prime Lyrid suspect since this angle coincides with the radiant of the shower. The most amazing thing is the field of view in this image is only 46.5 x 31 arc-min.