Perseid Observation

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Perseid Observation

Post  Harry Hamill on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:07 pm

When I got back home after the perseid meet at Chelveston the cloud had cleared and I spent another hour and a half outside. As I was on my own the atmosphere was rather less competitive than at Chelveston!
Between 12.30 and 2.00am BST I observed 15 meteors at least two of which weren't perseids. Most were bright and fast leaving trails visible for a second or two, as we had seen at Chelveston. Two were exceptionally bright. I would estimate that both were greater than magnitude -4 which would put them in the fireball class. Both left long trails which persisted for about ten seconds. They also  followed similar paths, down the Milky Way from near Cassiopeia to Aquila. By 2.00am a lot of cloud had reappeared so I called it a day.
My overall impression was of fewer meteors than I've seen in some years but for a solo observer this is always very subjective.
I'd be interested to hear of other people's observations.

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Postscript, 13th-14th August

Post  Harry Hamill on Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:34 pm

I spent another hour outside just after midnight 13th - 14th August. Very clear for about an hour. Only one perseid on view which fitted itself very neatly into Ursa Minor between Polaris and γUMi. Very bright and fast.
Footnote:Does anyone else think they can see the North America Nebula with the naked eye, or do I have delusions of Super vision?

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This Years Perseids

Post  Steve Williams on Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:04 am

This years Perseids were a bit of a mixture for me! I got the impression that there were a lot more meteors visible in the evenings leading up to the night of maximum, however they seem to trail off (excuse the pun!) quite rapidly afterwards. The Chelveston session was probably my most productive session (although I think Sarah easily saw the most!).

Still plenty of meteor activity coming up over the next few months, including the Orionids, Taurids, Leonids and the grand finale in mid-December, the Geminids.

I've never personally seen the North American Nebula with the unaided eye - certainly easily visible in binoculars and should be an easy enough capture on a DSLR camera.

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