Hi, The weather here has not been kind (so far....) However after a long drive I finally found some clear sky. It only lasted about 40 minutes but I saw two nice Perseids and actually captured one of them! Only out the corner of my eye but quite bright to be caught by the fisheye lens. First pic is the full frame 2015/8/11 at 233816UT second is a crop around the meteor.
Hi, I don't think this will be in your fovs. It was taken almost 100 miles from home, just outside Trannent in East Lothian. Time was 23 38 16 exposure start +/- few seconds. 11/1/15 (ie 0038 local on the 12th) Mind you maybe Dennis or Ray might have it, need to check with them. Considering the following nights activity I'm lucky I didn't head off again given the morning forecast! I'm still wading through the videos and specta. Thank goodness this only happens every few months.... ;-) cheers, Bill.
As expected, that meteor wasn't in the FoV of Leeds_NW.
It's a happy situation to have lots of captures 'in the can'. The only pressure to process all the data is a self-inflicted one. It's up to each individual to see how much time they can spend on their hobby. Remember, some people are actually paid to play with meteor data...
TOO TRUE! I'm stepping back for a few days to get back to reality.
But on those paid to....
I came across a notice for a major solar system science conference in France this year. What caught my eye were the several sessions dedicated to "amateur observations". Terrific, I thought, this could be another way to get a wider audience for the meteor stuff. What we're now producing is on a par with the pros by any counting. So I emailed the organiser who passed me to another committee member. They replied and said they would get back to me. Needless to say they didn't but reading the conference info more carefully revealed the true situation.
They were not wanting to see any amateurs as such (I dont know if there were "invited" amateur contributions) rather they were going to be discussing the "contribution" of amateur observations. Doesn't sound too bad but these are people who will be in effect talking about something that they themselves didn't actually do. How does that work!? Whats the point, without a large enough amateur contribution to give it context. That is almost a scam, anyone can talk about what other people do! Even if its looking at historical perspective then again its material that they themselves have not actually produced. How is this a productive exchange of ideas or science which is what conferences are supposed to be.
These are "professional" scientists who, at taxpayers expense, get their flights/other travel paid for and all of the accomodation/living expenses covered but It just sounded like a typical academic jolly to make themselves feel important! I bet to a man they all moan about how hard done to they are and they should be paid much more of course. I really wonder how many would attend if they had to put their hands into their own pockets to pay for it themselves. The ones I know would NOT!!!