Perseids August 12-13, 2015

On the evening of August 12th and early morning of August 13th, I set up a lawn chair to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.  The conditions included minimal light pollution and a clear view from 20° above the horizon to the zenith.

I could see 58 meteors over a 4 hour period. Here is the distribution by EDT local time and meteor number seen.

0:29: 1
0:30-1:07: 2-10
1:08: 11
1:15: 12
1:26: 13
1:28: 14 Zenith to SW
1:31: 15
1:32: 16
1:33: 17
1:34: 18
1:35: 19
1:49: 20
1:51: 21
1:51: 22
2:05: 23
2:06: 24
2:06: 25
2:09: 26 left smoke trail
2:11: 27
2:12: 28
2:13: 29
2:17: 30
2:18: 31
2:25: 32
2:30: 33
2:35: 34
2:45: 35
2:46: 36 bright to SE
2:47: 37 To S
2:47: 38 To S within 5 seconds
2:49: 39 Perseid in field of camera.
Condensation on lens. 😦
3:07: 40 heading West
3:07: 41 heading West
3:10: 42 to S
3:12: 43 W to E?
3:14: 44 Stationary flash
3:14: 45 E to W
3:14: 46 E to W
3:17: 47
3:26: 48 Zenith to SW. Flash big smoke trail. Best of the night
3:30: 49
3:32: 50
3:32: 51
3:33: 52
3:35: 53 E to W
3:36: 54
3:37: 55
3:44: 56 to N
3:46: 57
4:00: 58

Minuses:
I didn’t capture any Perseid Meteors with my camera on a tripod.

Pluses:
I enjoyed experimenting with exposures from 0.1 seconds to 3 minutes.
The weather was clear and 59°F to 64°F.
Watching the constellation Perseus rotate counterclockwise 60° around Polaris.
Using Twitter to keep count of the meteors. At the time it was fun, but it filled my feed with fluff. Next time I’ll use a manual 1950’s counter.
Most of all, I enjoyed seeing 58 varied meteors in quiet.

About Ted Prohowich, Jr.
Google Certified Educator and Technology Consultant

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