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Craney

Any good Perseid images out there ??

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Weather looks a bit problematic for the Perseid maximum up here in the North tonight.     However , had a good clear evening last night and had the Samyang 14mm blatting away for a few hours whilst I was DSO imaging.

I always find it hard to select the best FOV to capture the meteors.  Usually end up with half a trail down the extreme left hand side of the image....   Is it just pot luck or is there a preferred direction to point the lens ??

Here are my two efforts.  Did not see too many with my eye as I was faffing with the scope, hopefully it will ramp up for tonight,  and if you have clear skies then enjoy.

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Anybody got any good captures yet  ??

 

Sean.

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5 minutes ago, Craney said:

Anybody got any good captures yet  ??

Only caught a couple of rubbish ones in 2 hours.

Dave

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Best I got last night... iso800 20s on canon750d

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Fozzie 

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Saw plenty, which was enjoyable but only caught a few on camera. Typically they were just out of the field of view or passed before or after the shutter opened or closed.

Caught this though. it was the very last frame I took.

15 seconds on a canon 6d @1600iso

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Taking meteor shots is not as easy as you would expect  ......   and when it comes to framing them against an 'artistic' foreground.... then pfuff!! no chance...

I like meteors with either colour or a bit of structure,  That's a good one @ShrewView

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Thanks. Yours too @Craney

I think you just have to pick a spot or starfield you like and hope for the best. I tend to point the camera south or west as they are my darkest directions and I think the meteor trails are longer away from the radiant so more chance to catch one. The hardest part though is going through the frames next day to see if you've got one. ?

 

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I have one - my last shot of the night has along and fading line that could be a satellite - if it didn't come straight from the Perseid radiant. As you can see it's coming from just above the double cluster. Hardly 'good'...

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The Graves radar is proving more reliable:

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Not 100% sure if this is a meteor, but the doppler shifted 'hook' at left suggests it is. I have several bigger traces without the hook that may be space debris:

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Here is another from last night in Swaledale.  I thought early Monday morning was the peak time (...and for clouds).

10s, f2, 16mm, iso2000, Canon &d MkII.  Being used for a time lapse.

 

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Oooohhh caught another one.. just, almost didn't spot it as a plane photobombed the frame..

Heavy crop but it's there!

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3 minutes ago, Fozzie said:

Oooohhh caught another one.. just, almost didn't spot it as a plane photobombed the frame..

Heavy crop but it's there!

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Fozzie 

And M32!

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Couple from me, 15 secs using Oculus all sky camera

got up to watch a few around 320-4am, saw few more than the camera captured, was a great sight, felt like there was around 1 every couple of minutes. Cloud here all tonight hence why got up this morning!

Jamie

 

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Not much for me , just two faint ones on camera out of 4 hours last night. also its not looking good for tonight and tomorrow from forcast .

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Hi Sean, I have not tried for the Perseids this year yet but the recommended field is centred 50 deg altitude and 30 deg from the radiant in azimuth. This was discovered by professional Czech observers in the 1950's and 60's. But then it is down to chance and they can appear in any part of the sky. Graham

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Interesting that the numbers I'm picking up from Graves Radar are not much above the past few days. In particular early this morning (green) was not particularly high. Only 6 out of the last 24 hours have been 'record breaking' out of about 5 days,pretty much what you'd expect with nothing going on.

I suspect the weather is affecting reception and keeping the number down (I'm sure this affected night of 8/8 to midday 9/8 to).

That said the last hour, which seems to be the quietest of the day at the moment, was busier and many of today's captures have been really big ones.

I've noticed my threshold is set a bit high - I can see here meteors that aren't being automatically recorded) but I don't want to skew the results.

In the last 16 minutes, 10 recorded so suggests around 40-50 got the hour as expecting the rate to increase continuously over the next 7-8 hours so hopefully it will be a bigger peak.

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Wowzer!!   Those are corkers ....

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22 minutes ago, Craney said:

Wowzer!!   Those are corkers ....

Thanks Craney, lots of light pollution around here so need to keep exposures short. There is a lovely spot up your way near Brimham rocks ( east of the car park) where we camp on route to Scotland. Would be a great place for capturing the Perseids

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Yes, I know the spot.   Been thinking about Brimham for some Milky Way shots as the stones make interesting foreground objects.... if only the weather would be kind.

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Took 399 images and got 3!! This was the best one, added a plate solve overlay. 20 seconds 20mm ISO 800 1100D 3:45 am 14/08.

 

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Better luck than me, with a narrower field of view I had 995 images lots of satellites, a few planes and truckloads of cloud at the end. None show the rapid change in luminosity yours shows, except perhaps one but I wouldn't bet my life on it:

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This one shows an odd trail, I assume it is an ion trail from a fireball missed by the shot. The images before and after show nothing and a vapour trail would have persisted into the next frame (and the plane would have been picked up).

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I got this a bit later. I have hundreds of cloud shots, including before and after showing the same cloud, but only this one shows the trails. My guess is that it's large birds flying in formation, with one bird changing position (note M33 Galaxy at bottom right!)

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