How to photograph the stunning Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Perseid meteor shower
Perseid meteor shot in Portugal. 16-35mm zoom with exposure of 80 secomds at f/11, ISO 31. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Want to know how to photograph the Perseid meteor shower? The annual phenomenon technically began in mid-July, but peaks this weekend on August 12-13, and will continue through until August 24. 

Technically, the most prolific meteor shower of the year is the Geminids in December, when it's possible to see up to 120 shooting stars per hour. However, the most reliable – and easily the best in 2023 in the northern hemisphere – is the Perseid meteor shower every August. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.