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BRADLEY 1953

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  1. Yes, I fear the Perseids are no more! They have certainly declined massively in the last few years, the last decent showing was some 10 years ago or more. I have been observing this shower since the 1960's, and during the following decades rates remained high. Indeed, in the 1970's, members of the Kidderminster Astronomical Society, of which I was chairman for several years, recorded over 600 Perseids in one memorable watch over some 5 hours.  Compare this with 2021. When, under largely clear skies in a suitable rural location I recorded just 16 Perseids in two hours on August 12th, and likewise the following night August 12th/13th, (during the predicted maximum) I observed only 16 meteors.  Well at least we still have the Geminids.      Keep looking up.   Chris.

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  2. I agree with everyone else, a very novel record of Mars apparitions. Like Paul, it reminds me of a bygone age of great visual observers, Percival Lowell among others. Well done Mike.

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  3. Lovely image Paul, indeed an iconic view.  I  too managed consecutive nights observing the moon, rare these days. Superb detail along the terminator through 155mm F9 Starfire. Although seeing wobbly at high power, especially when moon above the rooftops,  numerous  craterlets visible on the floor of Clavius and much more.  Cheers  Chris.

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