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Posted by: MaineJay Aug 4 2013, 06:12 PM

One of the more reliable meteor showers is just about a week away. The Perseids are forecast to peak between August the 11-13, and the moon appears to be cooperating and gracing us with dark skies. Let's hope for cool, dry, and cloudless weather.

Comet ISON May become visible as well around this time apparently. I really want a telescope.
http://www.space.com/22216-august-perseid-meteor-shower-comet-ison.html

Posted by: vomit Aug 8 2013, 06:12 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 4 2013, 07:12 PM) *
One of the more reliable meteor showers is just about a week away. The Perseids are forecast to peak between August the 11-13, and the moon appears to be cooperating and gracing us with dark skies. Let's hope for cool, dry, and cloudless weather.

Comet ISON May become visible as well around this time apparently. I really want a telescope.
http://www.space.com/22216-august-perseid-meteor-shower-comet-ison.html


Hopefully will be good. Saw a stray Perseid last night (with a laundry list of other things covered in another thread).

I have to work midnights thru Monday, but plan on being at camp under very dark skies Tuesday night with my boys and a couple of there friends. Should be a classic. Saw quite a few last year....hoping for an even better viewing this year. Clear skies to you all.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2013, 04:38 AM

QUOTE(vomit @ Aug 8 2013, 07:12 PM) *
Hopefully will be good. Saw a stray Perseid last night (with a laundry list of other things covered in another thread).

I have to work midnights thru Monday, but plan on being at camp under very dark skies Tuesday night with my boys and a couple of there friends. Should be a classic. Saw quite a few last year....hoping for an even better viewing this year. Clear skies to you all.


Well, the skies did not cooperate last night IMBY, tonight looks even more socked in with clouds. I did see a singular Perseid Sunday night that was amazing, left a vapour trail that lingered for a moment directly overhead.

Good luck tonight Vomit! Hoping for clear skies for you guys, have fun!

Posted by: vomit Aug 15 2013, 05:02 AM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 13 2013, 05:38 AM) *
Well, the skies did not cooperate last night IMBY, tonight looks even more socked in with clouds. I did see a singular Perseid Sunday night that was amazing, left a vapour trail that lingered for a moment directly overhead.

Good luck tonight Vomit! Hoping for clear skies for you guys, have fun!


Bummer.

My boys & I got up to camp and although the skies were clear it was so cold we only lasted about an hour. We managed maybe a half dozen persieds. Had a great time, even though its been pretty frigid around here.

Clear skies to all.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 15 2013, 05:44 AM

QUOTE(vomit @ Aug 15 2013, 06:02 AM) *
Bummer.

My boys & I got up to camp and although the skies were clear it was so cold we only lasted about an hour. We managed maybe a half dozen persieds. Had a great time, even though its been pretty frigid around here.

Clear skies to all.


You saw more than I did biggrin.gif , to bad about the cold, it is a bit early this year. Hasn't been cold here, but definitely cooler than it should be.

So,I might call this guy tonight, seems like a good deal, it doesn't have the auto star controller, but I'm pretty sure I would only need the actual auto star hand controller.

http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/pho/3998955139.html

Posted by: vomit Aug 15 2013, 02:00 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 15 2013, 06:44 AM) *
You saw more than I did biggrin.gif , to bad about the cold, it is a bit early this year. Hasn't been cold here, but definitely cooler than it should be.

So,I might call this guy tonight, seems like a good deal, it doesn't have the auto star controller, but I'm pretty sure I would only need the actual auto star hand controller.
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/pho/3998955139.html


Well worth a look. The Autostar (I believe) is $149. If you go & look at it, be sure to power it up and do the alignment procedure.....even if it's during the day. Be sure to look at the optical surfaces. Listen to the way it sounds......I think it could be a great bargain. Keep me posted.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 15 2013, 04:12 PM

QUOTE(vomit @ Aug 15 2013, 03:00 PM) *
Well worth a look. The Autostar (I believe) is $149. If you go & look at it, be sure to power it up and do the alignment procedure.....even if it's during the day. Be sure to look at the optical surfaces. Listen to the way it sounds......I think it could be a great bargain. Keep me posted.

Just talked to him, it's still in the original box, never assembled

Posted by: vomit Aug 28 2013, 12:43 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 15 2013, 05:12 PM) *
Just talked to him, it's still in the original box, never assembled


Did you buy? Let us know. A pic too if you purchased. tongue.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 30 2013, 05:53 AM

QUOTE(vomit @ Aug 28 2013, 01:43 PM) *
Did you buy? Let us know. A pic too if you purchased. tongue.gif


Hehehe, yeah I did it. I have been wicked busy, and the weather has not cooperate at all. I did bring set it up at my jobsite which has panoramic views of the white mountains, and we could see a guy in a fire tower like 15 miles away.

So it had never been out of the box. Having never checked collimation before in my life, I did some research. I used a point of light off a car bumper, we did the deal in a Kmart parking lot, to focus and subsequently, un-focus into those concentric circles. It seemed like a sharp, crisp view. It does not have the uhtc, just multi coatings, gives the lens a purple hue.

Motors were quiet and and slewed in all speeds and directions like I expected. Got it for 500. Only issue is a bad casting on the tripod head. It's two concentric rings, and the inner 1 1/2" is raised up about 1/32" higher than the outer 4" ring. Makes it prone to vibration. I am in the process of figuring a 1 /16 nylon shim to stabilize it.

The box was printed in 1999. Can find a "made in xyz" anywhere.

Thanks for the help! I'll get some pics up for you this weekend.

Jay

Posted by: mmi16 Sep 8 2013, 03:04 AM

NASA's video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkXIVtcMqw&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: vomit Sep 12 2013, 05:22 AM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 30 2013, 06:53 AM) *
Hehehe, yeah I did it. I have been wicked busy, and the weather has not cooperate at all. I did bring set it up at my jobsite which has panoramic views of the white mountains, and we could see a guy in a fire tower like 15 miles away.

So it had never been out of the box. Having never checked collimation before in my life, I did some research. I used a point of light off a car bumper, we did the deal in a Kmart parking lot, to focus and subsequently, un-focus into those concentric circles. It seemed like a sharp, crisp view. It does not have the uhtc, just multi coatings, gives the lens a purple hue.

Motors were quiet and and slewed in all speeds and directions like I expected. Got it for 500. Only issue is a bad casting on the tripod head. It's two concentric rings, and the inner 1 1/2" is raised up about 1/32" higher than the outer 4" ring. Makes it prone to vibration. I am in the process of figuring a 1 /16 nylon shim to stabilize it.

The box was printed in 1999. Can find a "made in xyz" anywhere.

Thanks for the help! I'll get some pics up for you this weekend.

Jay



Congrats. Let me know if you get an Autostar; this is a really good scope. Had years of use with mine, and it worked like a champ. If you ever feel you need service I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Clay Sherrod's "Supercharge" service. I had that done to my ETX-125 and it was worth every penny.

Here is his site:

http://www.arksky.org/supercharge.htm

Clear skies!

Posted by: MaineJay Sep 25 2013, 05:57 AM

QUOTE(vomit @ Sep 12 2013, 06:22 AM) *
Congrats. Let me know if you get an Autostar; this is a really good scope. Had years of use with mine, and it worked like a champ. If you ever feel you need service I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Clay Sherrod's "Supercharge" service. I had that done to my ETX-125 and it was worth every penny.

Here is his site:

http://www.arksky.org/supercharge.htm

Clear skies!

Thanks again Vomit! Great link, book marked! That supercharging service looks real nice. My plan is to get a set of eyepieces and really try to learn how to locate stars. Save up some cash and buy the autostar and supercharge this baby next summer, hopefully. Business has been better this year, but I also have a wedding to pay for. Just have to skin off the wedding fund, hehe.

Otherwise, this weather has teased me with lower dew points, but clouds have been persistent, and dedicating time difficult.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 9 2015, 10:29 AM

It's that time of year. The moon phase looks favorable, peak should be ~100/hr. Unfortunately, is progged to be quite cloudy in my neighborhood. dry.gif hopefully someone seems something. smile.gif

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 11 2015, 04:23 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 9 2015, 11:29 AM) *
It's that time of year. The moon phase looks favorable, peak should be ~100/hr. Unfortunately, is progged to be quite cloudy in my neighborhood. dry.gif hopefully someone seems something. smile.gif

CF moved through at about Noon - hoping this clearing holds up for tonight/tomorrow a.m. As you know, I awake at 3 - might be able to shake the sandman out of the optics in time to see 'em.

Next year, I want to get back to the PA Darksky project at Cherry Springs SP http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/cherrysprings-darkskies/index.htm. Mrs UTS and I saw hundreds and hundreds last time we made it up - and the Milky Way is plainly visible, as if you could actually touch it. Growing up in the Pocono's of PA as a boy, the MW was in most clear winters skies. Now, darn light pollution has ruined even that locale except for really remote pockets


Posted by: stxprowl Aug 11 2015, 08:38 PM

Live stream starts at 10pm. Just got a heavy shower IMBY. Hoping it clears up by midnight to check the skies in SJ.
http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-tv-to-host-perseid-meteor-shower-program

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 12 2015, 03:27 AM

Saw 4 in just under 15 minutes so far this morning, the skies are cooperating here in CTP land. biggrin.gif (happy dance)


Posted by: vomit Aug 12 2015, 06:18 AM

I saw one dim Perseid about 515AM this morning. Will try again tomorrow......

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2015, 07:37 AM

Read that the best viewing begins just after midnight. Was not too good a show at that time. My daughter saw 2 a bit earlier. I only saw one quick one in 15 minutes. Granted, I was dealing with a half sky at best, as a cloud cover was moving in that eventually was to take over. Sounds like early bird UT had better viewing. Also read that anywhere in the sky is good view. Hoping for better show tonight.

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 12 2015, 10:15 AM

The clouds took forever to move out of SJ. I got tired of waiting and went to bed at 1AM. Fingers crossed tonight is better...

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 12 2015, 11:41 AM

Y'all should take a page from my playbook. Early to bed, early to rise - leads to better viewing of the heavenly skies smile.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 12 2015, 05:35 PM

Whoa, this is the most "active" as I've seen an astronomy thread.


I had dense fog all night and morning, showers and thunder are popping in the area. It was a humid, low 80s day up here, to humid, the kind of humid that can ruin stargazing. I'm hoping to get very little sleep tonight, smile.gif will certainly post any pictures that I'm able to get.

Good luck!!

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2015, 07:37 PM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 12 2015, 12:41 PM) *
Y'all should take a page from my playbook. Early to bed, early to rise - leads to better viewing of the heavenly skies smile.gif

Well that's just not gonna happen. I may take a page out of me own playbook and bull right through till about 3 am. Was not much action around 12:30 last night. I do luv your prose though biggrin.gif

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2015, 07:48 PM

And on a related note, I mentioned to MJ last night that I was worried about forecasts for tonight being inaccurate as far as cloud cover. Seems as if that was warranted, as cloud cover is ominous. Not thick, as attached is standard satellite radar, but that is the best one for viewing purposes. Enhanced shows thin cover, not thick. Local reports are saying should average about 100 per hour later tonight, and best viewing toward NE sky. So I am about to wire myself into the IV chair for a straight caffeine shot, but am debating as this cloud cover may ruin the show. Dilemma. Caffeine rocks me, and if I do may be up for 2 days straight with nothing to show for it ohmy.gif

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/pennsylvania/satellite-ir

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2015, 08:52 PM

Someone turned the blowers on high speed. Thanks Accu, there is hope:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/pennsylvania/satellite-ir?play=1

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 13 2015, 01:38 AM

Seen about 20 in the last hour. Most were short. Some really bright some dim. Highlight was one that looked blue and left a trail that just slowly faded away after 2-3 seconds! Came in bunches. Lots of sets of 2. They were all over the sky. Not one particular area at all. Of course the clouds the were not supposed to be here tonight are really filling in now. Ughhh sad.gif

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 13 2015, 02:31 AM

Not much action the last 45 min but just saw 5 in the spand of 2 minutes with one of them being the best ive ever seen at 3:24am! It was multi colored with a long tail, Super bright and took what felt like 6-8 seconds to fade! Still partly cloudy. Smh

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 03:00 AM

Wow - Stx, that's not too shabby.

RT - those clouds collapsed once the sun angle left last night - plenty of dark sky out here right now. Let the counting begin.

Let's see how many we get this next hour. So far, I've seen 10 and I've only been out here about 15 minutes. Reclining lawn chair in position in T minus 5-4-3-2-1, full recline mode initiated. See you in about an hour or so. smile.gif

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 03:49 AM

20 spotted in the past 48 minutes - about the same as Stx observed. Only 5 that were above average. Hoping against hope for the elusive "fireball".

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 04:25 AM

Final tally over the past 80 minutes = 30 meteors. Oddly, the last half dozen (from 4:55 to about 5 minutes ago) were the brightest. And they did not emanate from the Pleiades - they were along the northern horizon (east to west). Most that did emanate from Pleiades were the short and not so bright kind of meteor.

Good morning MJ smile.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2015, 04:30 AM

Hard to say how many I saw. I was out for about 3 hours, and saw 3 notable Perseids streaking from the NE->SW one that was spectacular. In fact, I saw it as I was setting up, so naturally I was excited. I use the method where you hold you arm out and use the width of your hand to gauge distance, I've heard that one hand width =~5° of sky. The biggest I saw was 8 "handwidths" I calculate that as 40° across the sky! And it did feel like it cruised about 1/4 of the sky. I did see a what looked like a fireball falling in the northeast sky somewhere between midnight and 1am, I lost track of time out there. At one point I thought the ISS was moving from the northwest sky to the east, it was brighter than any star, but halfway through the sky, it just faded. I may have caught a picture if that, I haven't even looked at a single image I snapped. Doing that soon. Will post pics when I can.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2015, 04:35 AM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 13 2015, 05:25 AM) *
Final tally over the past 80 minutes = 30 meteors. Oddly, the last half dozen (from 4:55 to about 5 minutes ago) were the brightest. And they did not emanate from the Pleiades - they were along the northern horizon (east to west). Most that did emanate from Pleiades were the short and not so bright kind of meteor.

Good morning MJ smile.gif



Morning UTS. smile.gif

, I noticed many east-west moving along the northern horizon also, including a very bright bluish one. The skies were perfect, especially after the lightning from surrounding storms finally died off. Wasn't initially worried about that form of light pollution, but the milky way was quite visible up here.

In total I'm sure I saw at least 100 different steaks, most minor, but certainly not disappointed.

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 04:40 AM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 13 2015, 05:30 AM) *
Hard to say how many I saw. I was out for about 3 hours, and saw 3 notable Perseids streaking from the NE->SW one that was spectacular. In fact, I saw it as I was setting up, so naturally I was excited. I use the method where you hold you arm out and use the width of your hand to gauge distance, I've heard that one hand width =~5° of sky. The biggest I saw was 8 "handwidths" I calculate that as 40° across the sky! And it did feel like it cruised about 1/4 of the sky. I did see a what looked like a fireball falling in the northeast sky somewhere between midnight and 1am, I lost track of time out there. At one point I thought the ISS was moving from the northwest sky to the east, it was brighter than any star, but halfway through the sky, it just faded. I may have caught a picture if that, I haven't even looked at a single image I snapped. Doing that soon. Will post pics when I can.


Probably not the ISS MJ - I don't think it passed after 11:39 p.m. last night. Then again, I have no idea when you went out - and I can't find any other sat's in the sky during that span.


http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT





Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2015, 04:58 AM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 13 2015, 05:40 AM) *
Probably not the ISS MJ - I don't think it passed after 11:39 p.m. last night. Then again, I have no idea when you went out - and I can't find any other sat's in the sky during that span.
http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT



It wasn't a satellite (unless it was burning up) it went from the brightest thing in the sky, then fade to black, poof it was gone. Still uploading pics to the pc, haven't spied an image yet, 326 images, 30 second exposure each one, I'm giddy here waiting for the images to load....

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2015, 05:45 AM

So I had to crop or resize to get these on here. I've saving my best for when I get some time for a little post processing time. tongue.gif


A few rough shots

Nikon 3100D
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 (set to 12)
30 sec exposure
iso hi2 (I believe it's about 12,800)
Manfrotto tripod

This one was moving left to right, and what I thought might be the ISS when it first came into view. Took almost all the 30 seconds to move that far.



Attached are some crops with double meteorites

 

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 13 2015, 09:31 AM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 13 2015, 04:00 AM) *
Wow - Stx, that's not too shabby.

RT - those clouds collapsed once the sun angle left last night - plenty of dark sky out here right now. Let the counting begin.

Let's see how many we get this next hour. So far, I've seen 10 and I've only been out here about 15 minutes. Reclining lawn chair in position in T minus 5-4-3-2-1, full recline mode initiated. See you in about an hour or so. smile.gif

Sadly UT, that did not happen. Saw very few when went out at 11, and then at 11:45. That was expected as real show was supposed to start after 12, and start rocking about 2 am. Problem was when went outside a little after midnight, the low cloud cover had completely enveloped all. Could see that coming earlier. It got so bad here, that we actually had a light rain and heavy drizzle. I knew that would not be real short term, so I gave up. You could see these stubborn clouds on the satellite in the eastern half of the state. Your locale was fine. Glad for all that saw great viewing, and thanks for the great pics MJ et al!

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 11:40 AM

sad.gif sorry to hear that Rick - maybe tonight? I guess you may be out of patience given that you've had back to back poor conditions.

MJ - agree with Rick, thanks for sharing those smile.gif

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 13 2015, 04:26 PM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 13 2015, 12:40 PM) *
sad.gif sorry to hear that Rick - maybe tonight? I guess you may be out of patience given that you've had back to back poor conditions.

MJ - agree with Rick, thanks for sharing those smile.gif

Was going to ask, as tonight looks like the clear one, although have early tee time tomorrow. Did I read or see you or MJ say that tonight might still have lots of space debris flying around, plus think it is a new moon so very dark skies????

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2015, 05:45 PM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 13 2015, 05:26 PM) *
Was going to ask, as tonight looks like the clear one, although have early tee time tomorrow. Did I read or see you or MJ say that tonight might still have lots of space debris flying around, plus think it is a new moon so very dark skies????


It's a pleasure to share the pictures, it's why I take them. It's funny, I try to encourage folks to go out and check this stuff out by taking pictures, but the "law of unintended consequences" set in. Since I always share my pictures, everyone just says, " I don't need to go out there, Jay will have pictures." So, instead of "inspiring" people to watch these celestial spectacles, I've only heaped pressure upon myself to get the shot. laugh.gif I've decided I need to start borrowing a second camera...

That said, can't be sure there will be any left over Perseids tonight, but I'm planning on going out there again. I'm certainly no expert, but it appeared to me that there were many "non-Perseid" related streaks last night. I think of it as a numbers game, there will be some, certainly less than last night, and further between, I'm banking on there being some opportunities. Plus, being surrounded by wilderness, there's lots of "interesting noises" one hears deep into the night. smile.gif

Little cloudy now, but last night was worse.

Here's one of my best from last night. Note the milky way going from lower left to upper right. At this point, I think I'm constrained by my equipment, but upgrading would be far to costly. Large aperture lenses and high iso cameras get pricey quick. Any way, I'll post more pictures as I find time to get the best out of them.

Hope folks Enjoy.






Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 13 2015, 06:29 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 13 2015, 06:45 PM) *
It's a pleasure to share the pictures, it's why I take them. It's funny, I try to encourage folks to go out and check this stuff out by taking pictures, but the "law of unintended consequences" set in. Since I always share my pictures, everyone just says, " I don't need to go out there, Jay will have pictures." So, instead of "inspiring" people to watch these celestial spectacles, I've only heaped pressure upon myself to get the shot. laugh.gif I've decided I need to start borrowing a second camera...

That said, can't be sure there will be any left over Perseids tonight, but I'm planning on going out there again. I'm certainly no expert, but it appeared to me that there were many "non-Perseid" related streaks last night. I think of it as a numbers game, there will be some, certainly less than last night, and further between, I'm banking on there being some opportunities. Plus, being surrounded by wilderness, there's lots of "interesting noises" one hears deep into the night. smile.gif

Little cloudy now, but last night was worse.

Here's one of my best from last night. Note the milky way going from lower left to upper right. At this point, I think I'm constrained by my equipment, but upgrading would be far to costly. Large aperture lenses and high iso cameras get pricey quick. Any way, I'll post more pictures as I find time to get the best out of them.

Hope folks Enjoy.


Great stuff MJ - truly appreciate your sharing.
It's been a while since I've seen the MW in the sky (far too long, really)

I would think there will be some "debris" when I shake the sand out of the eyes ~3:15 (or s0). Tiangong 1 makes an appearance near 4:30 - although at only 1.8mag, it should equal its appearance from two mornings past http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=37820

RT - you sure you don't need the rest? Meteor watching an early T times don't mix for guys our age. tongue.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 13 2015, 07:59 PM

QUOTE(Undertakerson @ Aug 13 2015, 07:29 PM) *
Great stuff MJ - truly appreciate your sharing.
It's been a while since I've seen the MW in the sky (far too long, really)

I would think there will be some "debris" when I shake the sand out of the eyes ~3:15 (or s0). Tiangong 1 makes an appearance near 4:30 - although at only 1.8mag, it should equal its appearance from two mornings past http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=37820

RT - you sure you don't need the rest? Meteor watching an early T times don't mix for guys our age. tongue.gif laugh.gif

tongue.gif Oh trust me bud, I need the rest. The heck with them meteors. As long as you and MJ are into "where is this quote/line from", I give you this, that I am saying to the alleged meteor showers "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Hint: Since I am not deep, don't think of the original quoter. Think of who this shallow human being would get it from rolleyes.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 14 2015, 04:54 AM

The showers may not have been as nice as the other night, but I was still very pleased with what I saw. However, my night was a cautionary tale about checking your settings... Yup, took 2 hours worth of pictures on the wrong iso setting. Didn't notice till I checked out the pictures on the computer, couldn't pick up a single streak. As punishment, I headed back out for another hour, didn't get a whole lot, but still not bad.


Posted by: MaineJay Aug 14 2015, 07:35 PM

Did I overdo it on the brightness?

From last night





Posted by: rtcemc Aug 14 2015, 08:44 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 14 2015, 08:35 PM) *
Did I overdo it on the brightness?

From last night



Nope that's fine. Do we have ANY shot tonight??

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 15 2015, 05:11 AM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 14 2015, 09:44 PM) *
Nope that's fine. Do we have ANY shot tonight??



Apologies I didn't see this last night Rick, I passed out literally seconds after that post, running on fumes, got a hard deadline looming, so getting a little work in this morning.

Technically, I believe that you could see a "Perseid" for a few more days. I think that the earth can be under the effect of the debris from Swift-Tuttle for days, if not weeks surrounding the peak. I always associate the greenish ones with the Perseids.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 15 2015, 12:18 PM

Did a little "extra"to get this, it's actually 30 or so images overlayed, so like 15 minutes of elapsed time Who can find the north star. tongue.gif


I'm contemplating doing this to some other pictures.

Which one is better?

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 15 2015, 03:52 PM

Hopefully this is the last one I'll bore everyone with, this is about 40 minutes worth of shots ~75 images. The keen observer will notice I must have space and missed a single frame. dry.gif



Posted by: rtcemc Aug 15 2015, 08:44 PM

MJ, never have I seen a pic from you that is boring. Keep em coming, they are awesome. Thanks again. I may try a new way to observe tonight. Really hot here, and so is the pool. So may try leaving the cover off, floating on a raft, and checking some debris out. Risky, albeit, as there is a drink holder in the raft and it will be occupied. Hope I don't roll off the raft and drown. However, the thirst for knowledge, exploration, is fraught with risk. Every step up the ladder of science......... uh, is mined with banana peels blink.gif But I digress. Hope I see some streaks, but thinking one way or another I may. A lightning bug on coke may do it.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 16 2015, 06:43 AM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 15 2015, 09:44 PM) *
MJ, never have I seen a pic from you that is boring. Keep em coming, they are awesome. Thanks again. I may try a new way to observe tonight. Really hot here, and so is the pool. So may try leaving the cover off, floating on a raft, and checking some debris out. Risky, albeit, as there is a drink holder in the raft and it will be occupied. Hope I don't roll off the raft and drown. However, the thirst for knowledge, exploration, is fraught with risk. Every step up the ladder of science......... uh, is mined with banana peels blink.gif But I digress. Hope I see some streaks, but thinking one way or another I may. A lightning bug on coke may do it.


tongue.gif


The meteor shower app I have on my phone indicates one could see a stray "Perseid" up until 8/24.

Thanks for the kind words. smile.gif

Posted by: Sagebrusher Aug 26 2015, 01:56 PM

I missed a really good one, it lit up the sky like lightning, but a building was in the way!
mad.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 2 2016, 05:15 AM

It's looking like it may be a good year for the Perseids. Although the moon phase isn't terribly favorable (within a week of full), it could make up for it in shear numbers. The "peak" time is still an estimate. I honestly haven't ventured out at all, but I may tonight. Sites haven't really cooperated, but tonight looks better, plus there's a chance at auroras as well tonight.

I was going the peak would be over the weekend, as I am heading 2 hours north to my dad's call for darker skies. Really looking forward to it as my niece and nephew will be joining me. They are very excited, so I really hope the weather behaves.

I've seen a few outlets calling for a good show.




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In 2016, astronomers expect an outburst of Perseid meteors! The prediction is for 200 meteors per hour seen on the peak night, August 11-12 (evening of August 11, morning of August 12). That’s about double the usual rate. From southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll enjoy the shower, too, with about a third as many meteors expected. In 2016, the waxing gibbous moon sets before the predawn hours. So if the outburst occurs before dawn for you, the moon won’t be in the way. Will you see the outburst? Maybe. The peak rates are predicted to last about half a day, from late August 11 to mid-August 12 UTC. But, outburst or no outburst, the Perseids are always a treat. Follow the links below to learn more:

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 3 2016, 04:57 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 2 2016, 06:15 AM) *
It's looking like it may be a good year for the Perseids. Although the moon phase isn't terribly favorable (within a week of full), it could make up for it in shear numbers. The "peak" time is still an estimate. I honestly haven't ventured out at all, but I may tonight. Sites haven't really cooperated, but tonight looks better, plus there's a chance at auroras as well tonight.

I was going the peak would be over the weekend, as I am heading 2 hours north to my dad's call for darker skies. Really looking forward to it as my niece and nephew will be joining me. They are very excited, so I really hope the weather behaves.

I've seen a few outlets calling for a good show.




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http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

Watching the weekend forecast and seeing the Dp's all but disappear for the entire northeast, in the Saturday evening time period. Could be the best chance in the short range. Looking forward, it may return to humid down this way, come the 11-12th.

Here's to hoping we get a couple nights nearer the anticipated peak (early mornings not looking as good, if I read correctly)

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 3 2016, 08:08 PM

So we meet again, same time each year. Thanks MJ, UT my son has a flash picture connected to his telescope now and has it working, so this might be a great time to try it. That being said, last year was not a good show here. I believe we did struggle with some clouds both nights, but cleared out and just couldn't find the good time. So we are looking at next Thurs and Fri, and is there some viewing the few nights before??? Uh, yes I am too lazy to look it up laugh.gif

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 3 2016, 08:14 PM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 3 2016, 09:08 PM) *
So we meet again, same time each year. Thanks MJ, UT my son has a flash picture connected to his telescope now and has it working, so this might be a great time to try it. That being said, last year was not a good show here. I believe we did struggle with some clouds both nights, but cleared out and just couldn't find the good time. So we are looking at next Thurs and Fri, and is there some viewing the few nights before??? Uh, yes I am too lazy to look it up laugh.gif

Uh RC, realize you are a bit lazy, but you can't even scroll back to the wonderful link MJ provided? Even for you, this is a new low, and you have already pretty much lowered the bar to ground level huh.gif

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 4 2016, 04:18 AM

Note to self: Start walk up UTS Hill by 4:15 instead of 4:45 - the sky lightens too quickly if you wait.

Mrs UTS and I did get to see a really good'n as we hit the eastern part of the climb towards the top of the ridge. It was a really bright (yellow) one and lasted a bit longer than a full second as it made a nearly full arc across the sky, from s/w - n/e. smile.gif

A good omen as we are not even close to the peak activity time period.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 4 2016, 07:11 PM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 3 2016, 09:08 PM) *
So we meet again, same time each year. Thanks MJ, UT my son has a flash picture connected to his telescope now and has it working, so this might be a great time to try it. That being said, last year was not a good show here. I believe we did struggle with some clouds both nights, but cleared out and just couldn't find the good time. So we are looking at next Thurs and Fri, and is there some viewing the few nights before??? Uh, yes I am too lazy to look it up laugh.gif


It's difficult to get a picture of a shooting star with a telescope because it has such a narrow field of view, in addition to is essentially being a very "slow" lens.

I use a wide angle lens. 12mm, unfortunately it's not wicked fast, only f/4. And I'm not rocking a full frame (35mm) DSLR. So I "manage" with what I got. smile.gif My brother is bringing an additional camera "upta camp", so I'll set up a 35mm f/1.8 on that. Not as wide a field of view, but catches way more light, as it's much "faster".

I try to use the lowest ISO possible to reduce "noise", and the longest exposure possible. If you don't mind star trails, you can just go with 30 seconds (longest my camera goes). I find that at 12mm, I don't get trails at about 10 seconds if memory serves. The 35mm begins getting trails at like 4-5 seconds.

I'm a Nikon guy, with my camera I turn off the noise reduction, otherwise each image takes time to process, and you can miss one.

Some lenses can simply be set to "infinity" for focus. I normally take test shoot and zoom in with the viewfinder, slowly tweaking till I get those sharp "points"

Tripod and remote shutter release are essential.

Not sure you wanted a tutorial, but there's that. Happy to answer any questions I can. Everything I know is from trial and error, and maybe reading a bit.

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 5 2016, 06:25 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 4 2016, 08:11 PM) *
It's difficult to get a picture of a shooting star with a telescope because it has such a narrow field of view, in addition to is essentially being a very "slow" lens.

I use a wide angle lens. 12mm, unfortunately it's not wicked fast, only f/4. And I'm not rocking a full frame (35mm) DSLR. So I "manage" with what I got. smile.gif My brother is bringing an additional camera "upta camp", so I'll set up a 35mm f/1.8 on that. Not as wide a field of view, but catches way more light, as it's much "faster".

I try to use the lowest ISO possible to reduce "noise", and the longest exposure possible. If you don't mind star trails, you can just go with 30 seconds (longest my camera goes). I find that at 12mm, I don't get trails at about 10 seconds if memory serves. The 35mm begins getting trails at like 4-5 seconds.

I'm a Nikon guy, with my camera I turn off the noise reduction, otherwise each image takes time to process, and you can miss one.

Some lenses can simply be set to "infinity" for focus. I normally take test shoot and zoom in with the viewfinder, slowly tweaking till I get those sharp "points"

Tripod and remote shutter release are essential.

Not sure you wanted a tutorial, but there's that. Happy to answer any questions I can. Everything I know is from trial and error, and maybe reading a bit.

No MJ, wanted all the advice we could get and thank you. My brilliant, physicist son is working on the whole camera/telescope thing. Yea, agree won't be good for meteors, but he has now gotten everything functioning. Did I tell you I still haven't figured out who the Mrs. slept with to get his brains ohmy.gif Just can't be my genes laugh.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 7 2016, 07:08 PM

Skies appear to be clearing, I might venture out for more than a peak tonight. We'll see. I pulled the trigger, and ordered a fisheye lens specifically for meteor showers. No promises...

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 8 2016, 05:03 AM

Saw a few Perseids, and a few "others". Lots of space junk burning up, and dozens of satellites. I'm attempting something with the pictures from last night, it's a bit of a test, hopefully I'll have something here in a bit...

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 9 2016, 09:46 AM

Saw a few with the naked eye last night around 11 pm, MJ. Son may take scope out tonight as we grow nearer the peak.

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 10 2016, 09:29 PM

The light pollution map is cool. http://www.nj.com/articles/19046047/meteor_shower_2016_perseid_nasa_august_best_time_pak_viewing.amp

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 11 2016, 04:22 AM

I thought last night was going to allow something, even checked at 1am, and there was still low ocean stratus blocking the view. It had finally cleared by 430, but was too late for any meaningful viewing.

I'm still planning on heading north tomorrow, but my optimism is faltering. I'll put full effort into tonight, just need the weather to cooperate...

Posted by: Richie14 Aug 11 2016, 02:38 PM

I am surprised this thread is so dead. I'm beyond excited for tonite and l to will be putting full effort in seeing it. Living right on the beach in Atlantic city leaves it way to light polluted so I'm gonna venture out to the pine barrens later smile.gif

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 11 2016, 05:59 PM

There's a slight chance we get some clear skies tonight tonight, the activity is supposed to be...active. tongue.gif I'm hoping to get little sleep tonight.


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.php

Thin clouds now, but much more promising than last night.

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 11 2016, 08:11 PM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 11 2016, 06:59 PM) *
There's a slight chance we get some clear skies tonight tonight, the activity is supposed to be...active. tongue.gif I'm hoping to get little sleep tonight.


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.php

Thin clouds now, but much more promising than last night.

Ugh. same deal last year mad.gif So satellite is not looking good, yet the precip will stay to the north. Geez, that's just perfect mad.gif
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/pennsylvania/satellite?play=1

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 12 2016, 03:48 AM

Lucky break in the sky in the wee hours. From 4:30-4:45 we saw 15 Perseid meteors and two satellites smile.gif. Then, the cloud deck moved in from the N and is wiping out the clear sky that was available

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 12 2016, 04:22 AM

Nice UTS, I was worried the clouds would roll in, so I got out early, and made it to 1230. I wish I was able to stay up longer, but it was a very long day, and I have to work today. I did take 387 30 second exposures, haven't checked to see if I caught any.

Certainly saw over a hundred. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Undertakerson Aug 12 2016, 04:27 AM

QUOTE(MaineJay @ Aug 12 2016, 05:22 AM) *
Nice UTS, I was worried the clouds would roll in, so I got out early, and made it to 1230. I wish I was able to stay up longer, but it was a very long day, and I have to work today. I did take 387 30 second exposures, haven't checked to see if I caught any.

Certainly saw over a hundred. biggrin.gif


Just grateful that we had any clearing what so ever. Had we had a bigger window, definitely would have filled the bill for the best show ever. A couple of the nicer ones we saw left trails. The clearing was from ~3:30 until 4:45 (start time, according to Mrs UTS who got out of the sack earlier than I did).

I could lament not having clear skies for longer, but we'll take what we can get - considering that I expected zero oppt'y with the gross humidity levels.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 12 2016, 05:04 AM

The adverse sky conditions were certainly hindering my ability to capture many streaks. I am certainly glad to have just had a window to peer through. Just feel like I missed an opportunity, but I was literally falling asleep out there, and the mosquitoes...

Here are my best. The humidity can be seen in the red hue that plagued me all night.

Straight out of the camera, no post processing.





This one has a Perseid and a satellite (left).


Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2016, 05:11 PM

Hoping for better luck tonight. satellite has a chance but this pattern is so steamy and blocked up that everything just moving so slowly...
Thinking the Persieds need to move their annual event. This is typical weather round these parts this time of year. Perhaps they should pick a later date, say about 2 weeks later. Usually our BH has pulled up stakes by then...

Posted by: Richie14 Aug 12 2016, 10:49 PM

Saw a little over 150 mentors last night between 12:30 and 2 am. Really lucked out with a clear sky the entire time right over the field I was at while clouds were all around the field itself. Definitely something I will never forget. Gonna try to check it out tonite but considering I'll be at home in Atlantic city the light pollution will real put a damper on things.

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 12 2016, 11:12 PM

QUOTE(Richie14 @ Aug 12 2016, 11:49 PM) *
Saw a little over 150 mentors last night between 12:30 and 2 am. Really lucked out with a clear sky the entire time right over the field I was at while clouds were all around the field itself. Definitely something I will never forget. Gonna try to check it out tonite but considering I'll be at home in Atlantic city the light pollution will real put a damper on things.

That is awesome. Glad someone got a good shot! Tonight's window looking better. This satellite is overdone. Lots of stars out but need bout half hour yet to kill that moon. Way too bright.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/pennsylvania/satellite-ir?play=1

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 12 2016, 11:14 PM

I've seen about 5 in the last hour and a half in evesham NJ.

Posted by: stxprowl Aug 12 2016, 11:35 PM

Just saw 2 really ,long ,bright white and blue meteors in he last 10 min!

Posted by: rtcemc Aug 13 2016, 08:54 AM

C'mon UT, MJ. Updates!! I lasted till 1:20, but the moon was not quite buried yet. It had cleared out partly, but not great. I could see that the clearing was definitely progressing. However, just didn't see anything in 10 minutes. Will check with my son when he gets up later, as he was going to keep checking later. Hope you guys got to see a better show.

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 13 2016, 12:31 PM

QUOTE(rtcemc @ Aug 13 2016, 09:54 AM) *
C'mon UT, MJ. Updates!! I lasted till 1:20, but the moon was not quite buried yet. It had cleared out partly, but not great. I could see that the clearing was definitely progressing. However, just didn't see anything in 10 minutes. Will check with my son when he gets up later, as he was going to keep checking later. Hope you guys got to see a better show.


I was completely clouded out last night, I have little hope for tonight, but it's still possible

Posted by: MaineJay Aug 5 2018, 06:18 AM

Bump

That time of year. smile.gif

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