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Best of Perseid Meteors (12 Aug 16), 


            Jan Curtis

Best of Perseid Meteors (12 Aug 16)

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4

Imaging camera:Nikon d7100

Guiding telescope or lens:Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4

Software:Photoshop CS 6 Adobe

Resolution: 1252x837

Date:Aug. 12, 2016

Time: 00:12

Frames: 10

Seeing: 5

Transparency: 8

Locations: Home observatory, Cheyenne, WY (elevation: 6014'), United States


I've been busy tallying up this mornings Perseid totals. It appears that this years "peak" exhibited periods of cluster of meteors followed by long lulls. I was able to see 6 meteors within 10 secs on one occasion and recorded several events with two meteors at the same time.

Using my 35mm Nikkor f/1.4 @ f/2.0, iso 1250, exp 13sec w/ 2sec gap, in 250 minutes I recorded (between 12:04AM to 4:14AM) 132 Perseids. The 35mm lens gives about the field of a 50mm lens since Im using a DX dSLR (Nikon d7100). Most of these captures were not clearly visible to my eye since they were nearer the horizon where strong airglow was present after moonset. Based on the entire sky, I'd say that the ZHR was ~200 as predicted but Perseids brighter than say zero magnitude were lacking. Most fell in the +1 to +4 magnitude range. Seemed like anything brighter than +1 did produce short lived smoky trains. This lame attempt at a slide show displays my best meteors. Not too shabby, all things considered.

Was 46F at day break (6014 elevation) under near perfect clear skies. Cloud broke shortly before midnight! Will try again tonight but this time with my equatorial mount.



Jan Curtis
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Best of Perseid Meteors (12 Aug 16), 


            Jan Curtis