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Old Aug 12, 2010, 09:37 PM
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Meteor shower tonite, You goonna stay up for it?

It's supposed to be spectacular with an average of one per minute.
Anyone staying up to watch them?
I am.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/12/meteor.shower/?hpt=C1

Great info here. http://meteor-shower.net/
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 10:08 PM
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If I didn't have to wake up and be out of the house at five I would.
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Wouldn't miss it for the world.
Taking my daughter out to Ebey's Prairie tonight with the telescope.
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 11:22 PM
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Futile. I just went outside. At 11pm the sky is milky gray with 15MW of sodium glare bouncing off the filth in the air. I counted 4 stars. 80 mile roundtrip to anywhere I could possibly see it, and I don't do night road trips any more.

When I was a kid on the western outskirts of Ft. Worth, I could see meteors any clear night and all the major constellations. Spent a lot of time on the roof in summer. In addition to the view it was cooler than the un-airconditioned house.
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Old Aug 13, 2010, 12:51 AM
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Just got back in. We had a lot of fun and ate Doritos. Lots of little ones and three real bright ones. Saw a few LEO sats too.
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Old Aug 13, 2010, 01:41 AM
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Not much point staying up late to watch them in this part of the world.. Unless shooting stars fly below the thick cloud cover

the weather here is trully depressing
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Old Aug 13, 2010, 09:04 PM
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I stayed up a bit last night, (had to work today), I saw seven in a half hour-forty five minute time frame. Some GREAT ones, a few fizzlers. I'm in NorCal, and most have been rolling in from the North/Northwest direction. Later is better, I was out at 10:30- 11:15.
May try it again tonight.
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 12:21 AM
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I went out at 11 pm tonight; first clear starry sky all week, though it was still pretty humid. I was hoping to see some of the "grazers," long skimming meteors supposed to show in the NE before midnight. Nothing but bug bites. I have a 20' cable on my home made shutter switch, so I eventually retreated into the car and shot from there, with the tripod out front.

I'll check the weather and may get up early (or simply stay up, just 3 hours away from peak.) Here's a view looking north. Ursa Minor is at the top of the frame. Besides the security light under the tree, there is plenty of light pollution from Mpls/St. Paul 30 miles to the WNW.

Camera: Canon XSi dslr
Focal length: 20mm
ISO: 800
f/4.5 (wide open on kit lens)
Exposure: 60 sec with home made remote switch
Focus: manual using live preview 10x mag on Jupiter(?) in east.

I can get a reasonable star exposure at ISO 1600 & 15-20 seconds, enough to leave sharp stars and all but kill star tracking, but there's a bit too much noise to clean up. At peak meteor density, I could hope to get a streak every half dozen photos or so.

A wider lens, maybe a 10-22 UWA is on my wish list. Between the haze & light pollution, I can see the Milky Way, though it doesn't photograph well.
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 04:39 AM
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I took heaps of pictures of Leonids back a while - it's very unimpressive stuff - all you see is a white pencil line through the shot, with a few pinpoint stars!
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:00 AM
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Instead of the shorter exposures, I used to take meteor `group photos' using the bulb setting on my old Nikon 35mm with 15 - 20 minute exposures from a dark site. No tracking, with star trail background. Nice for showers.
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 09:13 PM
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I captured a long meteor on 2 consecutive images. Timing was a coincidence happening just before one 30 second exposure ended. Efforts to highlight it in Photoshop either drown it in noise or render it very artificial looking.

OTOH, I was using Jupiter to manually focus the lens using magnified live view. Seeing a trace of moons with my medium wide zoom, I threw on my telephoto zoom to capture this shot @ 250 mm. This is a full resolution crop.
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 09:38 PM
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pretty cool picture.
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 10:30 PM
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Going back out with the kid again tonight.
Weather could not be better.
Just turned an adapter for the Canon A620 so we can digiscope the telescope and view on the laptop.
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 11:32 PM
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I might step out for a view later tonight.
Nice and clear skies here and too windy to fly my night raider.
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