Monday, August 12, 2013

Perseid Meteor Shower Follow-Up

Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday evening into Sunday morning was a great time viewing the Perseids meteor shower at the Stone Barn, Allens Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  The weather was great, the sky was crystal-clear and as you sat there watching the sky, bats were flying overhead and owls hooting in the distance.  One thing great about the Stone Barn is the fields are open, and there is minimal light pollution.  We saw a great number of meteors and watch then photographed from about 11 PM till about 4:30 AM, when nautical dawn was starting and we were losing visibility of the stars.


Perseid Meteor Shower


Again Sunday evening into Monday morning, we visited the Stone Barn to view the meteor showers.  At this visit, we started at 10 PM, but, finished at 2:30 AM, because clouds came in and and we were unable to view the stars.  There were more meteors in the previous night, but were harder to capture in camera, because the temperature fell more and the lenses fogged up.  I did not put hand warmers around the lenses, as I usually do in the colder weather, since the previous night, we had no problems with fogging of the lenses.
Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower


The next big meteor shower will be October 7-8, 2013, the Draconids.  The nicest part of this shower as it occurs after sunset and in the early evening rather than late at night.  Even though this shower peaks on weekday nights, since it is early, it should not make any problems with working the next day.