Hi, The IMO website has put up it's latest live ZHR graph for the Perseids. These graphs are great to watch as the activity develops through the shower. This years shower has excellent observing conditions. The maximum is predicted for the night of August 12/13. Cheers, Bill.
Hi, Did anyone get a result over the peak? From Tenerife, despite cloudless skies the amount of Saharan dust in the sky made conditions very difficult. Scorching heat and howling winds didn't help either! There was one high light by way of a -8 ish fireball on the night of the 10/11. What a cracker, caught it with my fisheye and I'll post a pic as soon as I've worked through my other shots. Cheers, Bill.
It was initially cloudy (100%) and had rained at 2100 hrs BST on August 12/13 so kipped until 2300 ish . The sky was clearing from north. Video set up on southern aspect using a Samsung SDC425 Day/Night camera in B/W mode with 3.8 - 8 mm lens at f 0.95 and 3.8 mm fl and recording on to VHS tape . Guestimate an hour plus video before cloud shutdown.Could see main constellation stars on screen through the cloud ! Managed visual twixt 23:25 UT and 00:01 UT with varying cloud and transparency for 6 Perseids and 2 Sporadics. Brightest Perseids were:- Mag 0 @23:32:30 UT , ditto @23:49:30 UT and a - 1 at 23:56:30 (this one long pathed thro Pisces and into Aquarius.
Just been out to collect the very wet 12V battery pack (left out overnight post shutdown - not intentional) . A few sky checks during the night showed high cloud levels so no further activity. I had hoped to run a second east facing video camera from the bedroom window using UFOProV2.2 for capture via K World USB 2 from a Watec 902H with 3.8 mm f 0.8 lens but weather conditions precluded the attempt.
Kit had been prepared in the afternoon ready to rumble at twilight time with two cameras on go. A lot more would/could have been done if the weather had suited . I had better conditions on August 10/11 with a 1 hr visual watch under a good sky.Nothing brighter than +1 visually . Some video captures with UFOPro V2.2 on the Watec video camera facing east out of the open bedroom window. Time to fit the Velux skylights (its a chalet bungalow) as that gives me more flexibility !
Variable conditions here at Glengarnock on 2010, August 12-13, resulted in 47 Perseids, 8 Sporadic/others, from 00:22 - 0302 UT. Best event was -5 Perseid at 02:52 UT with 20 second train recorded visually, but photographs show it surviving for several minutes. Still image and animation below:
I had just gone out to Hawaii a day or so before the peak, however jetlag was still with me and my body was in UK time still. I managed to get a couple of visual sessions in however kept falling asleep whilst outside *doh!* Never the less, when I was awake saw some nice meteors, nothing bright, but plenty of fainter ones. No images i'm afraid...