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Perseid Meteor Shower

I have just been standing outside in the garden for about 20 minutes to see if there is any sign of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The skies are beautifully clear here tonight but unfortunately I didn't have any success and have merely ended up with a sore neck. I think there are just too many street lamps here these days. Has anybody else had more luck than me?

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Yes I am lucky not to have a sore neck due to total cloud cover!!
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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Very amusing Ed.

That's better. I have just had another go and this time succeeded in seeing three shooting stars, while looking north-east and fairly low down. The only trouble is I now have a sore neck and a couple of insect bites.

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Your first outing may have been a bit early Ron - the Starwatch column in today's Grauniad said it would be best from midnight onwards. I've just been out into my suburban garden and spotted three reasonable trails plus a few transient flashes, despite various neighbours still having lights on.

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Clear sky here but four hours before it'll be dark and we're surrounded by trees so don't have much sky visible.
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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Another short session and three more sightings. It is a crystal clear night here at the moment but unfortunately work beckons tomorrow morning.

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

13 in half an hour... but none on a photograph ....and midges are nocturnal!
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13 in half an hour... but none on a photograph ....and midges are nocturnal!
I imagine you have some excellent dark skies on Shetland, Crimbo - just the job for viewing meteor showers. I went out and had one last 'fix' before going to bed and saw four more. One of them was very spectacular, leaving a definite trail of 'sparks' in its wake. A wonderful natural event.

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

It clouded over and was raining by the time it went dark here.
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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

I think I am still suffering from Jet lag - I brought home a 12mm f/2.0 with the intention of pointing an E-P5 at the sky after midnight but I was asleep on the sofa by 9PM

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Clear sky here but four hours before it'll be dark and we're surrounded by trees so don't have much sky visible.
I can't see it from here either.
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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

We've got a trampoline in the garden that has hardly seen any use since the kids grew up and moved away. It's perfect for lying on to watch the stars. We saw about 20 meteors in the space of 30 minutes last night, (but none when the camera shutter was open!!). No sore necks - and no midges either.
And the ISS flew overhead as well!
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We've got a trampoline in the garden that has hardly seen any use since the kids grew up and moved away. It's perfect for lying on to watch the stars. We saw about 20 meteors in the space of 30 minutes last night, (but none when the camera shutter was open!!). No sore necks - and no midges either.
And the ISS flew overhead as well!
We were watching last night and I mentioned to wee Logan that I thought the thing that went across that was not a plane and was not a shooting star might have been the ISS but I was not 100%


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And the ISS flew overhead as well!
I saw that a few weeks ago and found it strangely spine tingling to know that there were six people living and working aboard it.

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Re: Perseid Meteor Shower

Here you go Greg - how to impress your family. Tonight at approximately 22.11h and 50 secs you say "If you all give me a pound each I'll make the ISS appear...."
http://iss.astroviewer.net/observation.php

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