Hi Bill , Hoping for some usable sky here for photographic ( film) & video all-sky runs for the brighter objects this month. This plus using the Canon 300D with various lenses and exposure controller to suss out a routine for digital meteor shower work later in the year . Sometimes I just head out with the bins and the sun lounger sweep viewing Brochi,s Cluster , Sagitta , Equileus, Delphinus , Scutum and up and around Ophiucus , plus Cygnus , Cepheus , Perseus and Cassiopea . Always with an eye on the sky ( day or night ). Best wishes , Len E
Hi All, Nothing to do with meteors but interesting astronomy.
The weather has been good recently but the observing conditions have been poor with continuous cirrus and haze (now becoming fog). Nonetheless I dragged out my telescope last night and tried some spectroscopy. Using a small grating blu-tacked inside the focuser I got the following spectra of Gamma Cas.
It's a bit cr*ppy but as this is a hot B class star you can at least see the Hydrogen lines in emission.
Good stuff there Bill! Weather has been a bit like that for me down here in the Midlands too - wonder how much mileage there is in the idea that at times of solar minimum the solar wind is less and so we get more cosmic rays striking earth which then cause us to have more clouds. Under under high pressure we seem to get more than our fair share here in NW Europe! Oh well!
Hi All, Not related to meteors yet again but an invite to the annual observing night at Loch Doon this Saturday 26th September. Anybody who is interested is welcome to come along. There will be several telescopes and no end of chat. We meet at 9.00pm about 5 miles along the lochside road. The turn off is a couple of miles to the south of Dalmellington on the A713. cheers, Bill.
Hi Mark and all , Been tooled up for visual and video Orionids for days now with no opportunity of a clear sky to date. I have added a few more meteorological websites to my Weather and Weather Now link folders. The weather problem is affecting observations in Europe and some in the States too. Next stop the Leonids !
Finally a good night, ( a few days ago) Caught 32 meteors with the video camera, a new record. When you can leave these things running for a whole night the totals build up very fast! No fireballs yet....
Despite a near full moon (huge blob bottom left) a very bright meteor (a fireball maybe?)
Difficult to estimate the exact brightness but I'd say ~ -6 It was probably not as bright as it appears in the composite picture above as these tend to over represents how it really appears on the video. Certainly it was a bright one.
Nice one Bill , Have you less cloud oop there ? Please send us a nice cold front down over Yorkshire (pretty please - need clear skies !! ;D) Next few days and into Geminid sessions , visual , video and Photographic. I hope to cover the Northern sky area for Ursids again this year using the video systems . Best wishes , Len E
Caught a good view of the Geminids from Tenerife. Some nice lighting seen from the observatory at Izana. Saw 300 meteors+ in 11 hours of observing over 3 nights. The night of the peak was completely clear accounting for 200 meteors.
Caught a few on camera but nothing special.
However always make sure that the exposure has finished before checking your lens for dew....!