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Active: November 6—30; Maximum: November 17-18th (Mon-Tue)
ZHRs of 10-15
Waning crescent Moon at last quarter on the 14th
Leonid radiant (see the chart below for its location) doesn't rise until after 22:30 UT Nov 17-18 (Mon-Tue).
Get away from light polluted areas to an area with dark skies.
Meteor observing doesn’t require special equipment you can observe with the naked eye.
Worm clothing and footwear is recommended take a blanket or a chair with you so you can sit back and view the sky without getting a crick in your neck.
Meteor observing can be a waiting game and be a bit hit or miss that’s part of the challenge-
Check the weather and moonrise and moonset timings for your location before you leave, and plan your viewing around it.
When it pays off you will be treated to a celestial firework show.
I use a Pentax K30 DSLR tripod mounted with a 2 sec shutter delay to remove camera shake. F3.5, ISO 1600 or more, 30 secs exposure I have a standard lens 18mm but if you have a wider angle lens all the better. A remote cable and timer. As with all astrophotography test shots pay off until you get the right setting.
I now have a 180° camera which I can use with software to hopefully detect meteors automatically which I will hopefully have set up for these showers leaving me to use my DSLR hopping to catch a Fireball.
Saturday, 9 August 2014
SPA Meteor Section - Prospects Dates and Guide
If your going meteor watching don't forget to take warm clothing a flask a camp chair is also good with a blanket to sit back and enjoy any meteors you see in comfort. The Moon will affect this years shower but you should still see meteors.
IMO Link above is updated every 15 mins showing Persied Observations. Happy Hunting.
Meteorscan Live View - http://www.meteorscan.com/meteor-live.html
Listen to meteor radar echos - http://spaceweatherradio.com/index.
Monday, 7 April 2014
Taken from Back Garden Dalmellington with my Ascension 102mm ED Triplet - Qhy8l Cam conditions not great. I was hoping to capture Comet C2012/K1 Panstarrs but it misted over. Focus could have been sharper processed in Adobe PS7 - Hopefully future pictures will be better quality. Nice to keep a record and hopefully see improvement in the future.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory - http://www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk/
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Comet Holmes (17P/Holmes)
The Polish scientists believe that Comet Holmes (17P/Holmes) will likely explode on its next orbit near the Sun. If so, many on Earth may be treated to a rare celestial show.
Perihelion is defined by Miriam-Webster as "the point in the path of a celestial body (in our case a comet) that is nearest to the Sun."
27 March 2014
Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1)
There is currently a 1 and 120,000 chance that Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will hit Mars on October 19, 2014
This Comet will be visible in the Sourtern Hemisphere but will be interesting to follow. NASA are going to try and capture it with The Mars Rovers and also try and capture a possible meteor storm on the planet.
Asteroid 2014AA From first observation 1st Jan 2014 to impacting Earth 31 hours.
Read the story here. http://minorplanetce...teroid-2014-aa/
Holmes caught on 300mm lens Pentax K200d from my front garden in 2007 Dalmellington.
Attached Image: Holmesoct07a.jpg
Found this one of Comet Holmes 17/P last pass in Oct 2007 taken with Pentax K200D and Tamron 300mm lens in Dalmellington.
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Ascension 102 mm Triplet - QHY8L - NEQ6Pro, a set on Flickr.
After getting an interest in Astronomy through night shoots with my DSLR(Which I won't be giving up). I decided to delve into Astro-Photography. I am using an Ascension 102mm Triplet - NEQ6 Pro Mount & QHY8L Camera. EZCAP software PS2, PSE7 and Deepskystacker. After many hours struggling with Polar Alignment a new type of camera software, balancing the scope etc and watching numerous videos on the subject hours spent in the freezing conditions head fit to burst. With The help of my Ayrastro friends and Rob at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. Tonight was wonderful and clear and i set up hoping to improve my alignment and everything clicked so much so i even got the camera out and managed some imaging. Woohoo!! Maybe not award winning pictures but my first. :). I will be writing more on my blog about my future trials and tribulations and on this night in more detail soon. (I just need to learn how to do them in colour now ;) )