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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104577 by dave_lillis
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Its great to see the enthusiasm that an event like this creates.

A number of us from SAC went out to Lough Gur for several hours last night, we got to see a good number of meteors including several > -1 magnitude ones.
Definitely thee best Persied shower in recent years, no Moon and clear skies, perfect cloud free timing.

The ISS and 3 iridiums were the cherries on the cake, one of the iridiums in particular must have been one of the mag -7 class ones, never seen anything like it,

So a good night all round, if it had been a Friday/Saturday night, I think many would have stayed up til sunrise, but work was on the cards today.
Just checked the sat image to see if a repeat tonight is possible, big cloud band off the west coast coming in :(

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1 year 11 months ago #104578 by Keith g
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Too right Dave, I had a brilliant night last night, I saw many Perseids too many count,I was up until 3am B)

I took some shots but the dew on my lens was a battle, I think I 've lost that one, but I will try again tonight

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1 year 11 months ago #104581 by flt158
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Please keep the reports coming, everyone.
I am delighted that a lot of observers saw many meteors.
Even though Valerie and I had overcast skies on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, it sure gives us a real buzz for the upcoming Leonids and Geminids.
I have one question? Did some of you see as many as 4 meteors a minute as I did back in August 1990? That is one meteor every 15 seconds.

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1 year 11 months ago #104582 by Fermidox
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I didn't see 4 per minute Aubrey, but I did see 5 in a 3-minute spell shortly after 2am and I would say three of these were of +1 magnitude. There were a couple of other occasions when two meteors appeared almost simultaneously.

I also realised they seem quite difficult to capture on camera, there was one in particular which was brighter than Altair but only shows up as a faint streak on the image. I suppose they are just too ephemeral to make an impression on a basic dslr sensor, unless they are fireball bright.

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1 year 11 months ago #104583 by flt158
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Wow -2 appearing simultaneously. That is only sensational!!

I have never had that privilege, Finbarr. Hats off to you -congratulations. No need for camera proof -I believe you.

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104589 by stevie
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Plenty of meteors seen at Skelligs, I saw around 40, and I wasn't even particularly looking for them early on, as I was using my telescope most of the time to view other stuff. Others saw many more than that.

I can confirm Finbarr's observations. Just after 2.00am there was a bit of a rush of meteors. around 5 or 6 in a two or three minute spell, including two of very similar brightness within a few seconds of each other and both following roughly the same track

All in all, the best Perseid shower for many a long year

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104591 by Frank Ryan
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Observed the show from clear dark skies on White Strand in Clare.
Best Perseids shower I've seen.
Stopped counting after a few hours!
We all got lucky this year. I captured a few on camera also.

Couple of bright ones and an Iridium Flare
Perseids 1

Close up of the brightest I got through Perseus
Perseids 2

Saw several through the dipper. Turned the camera on it for a few min and caught this one. (Though looks sporadic due to the direction)
Perseids 3

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104596 by Seanie_Morris
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Since Tuesday night last, I was able to observe the Perseids for 5 straight, clear (yes, CLEAR) nights in a row. Tuesday's ZHR was remarkably high, Wednesday night's peak was, well, awesome! Thursday and Friday nights were also high but their ZHRs were not as high as the previous Tuesday. Saturday night did show a sharp tapering off of the ZHR, but still saw many bright magnitude meteors.

Points at a glance:
- Many fast Perseids, yellow/white in colour.
- Recorded a second radiant on Tuesday night appeared from an area between Pegasus and Cygnus.
- At best, I recorded an average of 8 to 11 meteors a minute at times on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday night's peak (with 2 additional observers with me) would have got a peak as high as 15 meteors per minute. Do the maths for the Zenith Hourly Rate yourself! ;)
- Noted a peak of the Kappa Cygnids (off Alberio) on Tuesday night.
- No fireballs (bollides), but many meteors in the 0 to -3 magnitude range.
- Very short lasting trails left by many, none that exceeded more than 4 seconds.
- Many sporadics throughout the sky.
- The best one that I saw? a c.+1 magnitude greenish-white meteor that entered off the Square of Pegasus and traversed the sky before disappearing before the bowl of The Plough.

In all, the BEST meteor shower display, and not just of the Perseids, that I have recorded in 14 years. Thrilled to have been able to get the 5 nights in a row, lucky that they were clear.

Seanie.

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104603 by flt158
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10 / 10 for you both, Seanie and Frank. Can one of our moderators delete my post #104604, please?
It's OK, I just did!

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #104613 by michaeloconnell
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My 8mm meteor camera pointed towards the south-east over Wicklow, the Irish Sea and the UK in the direction of London has captured 273 meteors so far while the 2.6mm all-sky meteor camera has recorded 123.
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1 year 11 months ago #104618 by Frank Ryan
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Wow it was a great show indeed. Does that camera have specific software to count / log the meteors?

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1 year 11 months ago #104621 by michaeloconnell
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Yea. The cameras run continuously at night but only save files containing meteors.
I then analyse them the following day and it can determine their velocity, what meteor
shower they belong to, etc.The data can then be combined with another station's data
of the same meteor to triangulate it more accurately and trace back its orbit into the solar system.
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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #104679 by michaeloconnell
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My 8mm camera just recorded it's 1,000th meteor of the year so far.
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