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Aug 01, 2010 10:52 |  #1

Mark your calendars and hope for clear skies. This years Perseids Meteor shower peaks when there will be no illumination from the Moon. After midnight the night of August 12 into the wee early morning hours of August 13 the Perseids will be at their peak. By then the slim waxing crescent Moon will have long set below the western horizon. If your skies are clear and dark this should be a pretty good show.
Since the Perseids is slow to peak It should also be good the previous night/morning as well as the next. So keep your eyes open to the East-North East sky after midnight during the second week of August. The Perseids has been know to produce some very spectacular meteors and even fireballs.


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Aug 01, 2010 11:33 |  #2

I cant wait. Last year, I experienced it for the first time and it was spectacular..I wasnt able to capture any good shots (only 2 out of 300 shots) as I had an older camera and it was all about timing (which didnt work out for me) However, this year I have something better and should be able to get some better shots.

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Aug 01, 2010 11:38 as a reply to  @ kezug's post |  #3

I knew the dates, but hadn't checked the moon - you bring us good news :)

What's your setup for the shower? I'm thinking on 10mm sigma on the 7D, 15 to 30s exposures (depending on the sky), then hopefully do a composite to show the radiant... but with my luck I'll probably get rained on.

Again, thanks for the info.


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Aug 01, 2010 15:27 |  #4

Quite looking forward to this one. A bunch of us are going to a local Star Party to camp out all night and hopefully see a good few hundred Perseids. I'm thinking about setting up my Mintron camera with an 8mm lens and seeing how many I can capture.


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Aug 02, 2010 11:21 |  #5

ecce_lex wrote in post #10641587 (external link)
I knew the dates, but hadn't checked the moon - you bring us good news :)

What's your setup for the shower? I'm thinking on 10mm sigma on the 7D, 15 to 30s exposures (depending on the sky), then hopefully do a composite to show the radiant... but with my luck I'll probably get rained on.

Again, thanks for the info.

I'm just going to set my 50D up on a tripod with the 18-55mm kit lens. I'll aim it at that area of the sky where the most meteors will be radiating from and hope to capture a few.

Weather outlook isn't too promising for those of us along the east coast. Unless something changes, there is a tropical system building strength and possibly head this direction. All I can do is hope that it doesn't and that the skies will allow me to get some pictures.


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Aug 02, 2010 13:45 |  #6

Down south we will see little to nothing :-(

http://saweatherobserv​er.blogspot.com …showers-visible-over.html (external link)

Please post as many photos as possible.


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Aug 02, 2010 15:19 |  #7

David Ransley wrote in post #10648253 (external link)
Down south we will see little to nothing :-(

http://saweatherobserv​er.blogspot.com …showers-visible-over.html (external link)

Please post as many photos as possible.

Hey David,
I don't know if they have updated it, but that article looks like it's from last year...


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Aug 02, 2010 22:58 as a reply to  @ TheBigDog's post |  #8

Last year I got eaten up by super mondo hungry Poppa mosquitoes and didn't see not one meteor. Same thing happened the previous year - zilch. But 15 years ago during the shower I saw a huge meteor burn across the sky that had the longest trail, it was awesome!




  
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Aug 03, 2010 00:35 |  #9

TheBigDog wrote in post #10648756 (external link)
Hey David,
I don't know if they have updated it, but that article looks like it's from last year...

I noticed it was from last year, but set the date in Stellarium to 12-13 August and looked for Leo en Perseus. Perseus was at the same location and Leo far below the horison. Hence the general setup of the night sky is the same. I therefore expect to see the same results :-)


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Aug 04, 2010 11:41 as a reply to  @ David Ransley's post |  #10

This is in on my list as well.

Is a good strategy multiple 20-25 sec exposures (depending on light pollution), then stacking?
-stacking using DSS will show "clear stars" and meteor trails streaked against them
-stacking using star trails will show circular star trails and meteor trails

which have you guys done in past?
or both, because they each give different viewpoint.
I'm thinking star trails would be cool but if star trail is too much arc it will overpower the Meteor trails?

In any event, lots of sky stuff in August.


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Aug 04, 2010 11:51 |  #11

mtbdudex wrote in post #10660804 (external link)
This is in on my list as well.

Is a good strategy multiple 20-25 sec exposures (depending on light pollution), then stacking?
-stacking using DSS will show "clear stars" and meteor trails streaked against them
-stacking using star trails will show circular star trails and meteor trails

which have you guys done in past?
or both, because they each give different viewpoint.
I'm thinking star trails would be cool but if star trail is too much arc it will overpower the Meteor trails?

In any event, lots of sky stuff in August.

For a meteor shower I just set my camera up to take 25 to 30 second exposures continuously with only a few seconds between each shot. Then If I want I can create a time lapse animation, or a star trails image. I can also select a single image that might have a meteor or two captured in them.


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Aug 05, 2010 09:24 |  #12

tkerr wrote in post #10660871 (external link)
For a meteor shower I just set my camera up to take 25 to 30 second exposures continuously with only a few seconds between each shot. Then If I want I can create a time lapse animation, or a star trails image. I can also select a single image that might have a meteor or two captured in them.

That's exactly the same as what I do! :)


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Aug 07, 2010 01:12 |  #13

I'll be trying from the Geyser Basin at Old faithful.


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Aug 07, 2010 11:23 |  #14

Oh well. The weather in the South of England should be wonderful - because I'm stuck in the centre of London overnight. Grrrrr!


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Aug 07, 2010 11:50 |  #15

There were reports last night that meteors were already picking up at a decent pace. With about a week to go before they are scheduled to really start this could mean we're gonna have a cool show this year.

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