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By Some Dude With A Mak- Cass
hey everybody, I'm going up to the headlands international dark sky park on the 17th and 18th for the leonids shower. anybody else planning on being there? hoping for some pro help with my scope if i can get it. if you plan on being there, feel free to let me know.. id love to have some help learning to use my scope well. so far only seen a fuzzy moon and a tiny little neptune dot with it, so help is much appreciated if available.
When we observed the Perseids meteor shower 12 August 2016 my girlfriend Gunilla managed to shoot a great smoker. She uses a Canon EOS M with a 22mm f2.0 lens wide open mounted on a tripod.
You can see the GIF animation here:
There is also a full HD animation link at the end of the text.
Really nice and I didn't know the smoke can last for almost ten minutes.
Lars and Gunilla from Sweden
We are coming up to the peak of this years Draconids meteor shower, some may remember the outburst of last year(or the clouds).
Unfortunately it is not expected to put on a repeat performance and a weak performance is predicted with few faint meteors.
Still it can be unpredictable and unexpected outbursts are possible.
The forecast calls for the peak to occur at 2 Universal Time on October 8, 2012. For the central U.S. that translates to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Sunday, October 7. If the prediction holds true, North America will get to watch the Draconids at their peak. For Asia, the predicted peak is around noon on October 8 – in daylight – so the evenings of October 7 or 8 will both work.
Just keep in mind that meteor showers are notorious for defying predictions, either surpassing or falling shy of expectation, so you never know for sure.
If you live at middle and far northern latitudes anywhere around the globe, this shower is well worth a try. Unlike many major showers, the radiant for the Draconids is highest up at nightfall, so watch for these meteors as soon as darkness falls.