I have been out on 5 mornings so far in mid-October to view the Orionid shower from my yard located in the rural foothills east of San Diego. On all mornings I faced nearly due south about half-way up in the sky. The first morning was the 18th when I only counted 3 during 2.5 hours of viewing. It had been cloudy all day but was expected to clear by midnight. I woke at midnight but skies were stil
This morning I was facing south to concentrate on the southern showers. As has been the case recently the humidity has been high and the transparency has been poor. The light dome from San Diego was bad, affecting the sky toward the west and southwest. So the sky east of the meridian was impressive but west of the meridian was poor. Despite this I managed to count 52 meteors during 3.33 hours of
It was 1 year ago tonight that the July gamma Draconids produced an impressive outburst over Europe. If any such occurrence were to repeat in 2017, it would most likely occur over North America near 6UT. I went out with little anticipation and that is exactly what I saw. Only 2 GDR's appeared during 2 hours centered on 6UT. I was actually surprised I caught 2 of them! The first one was slightly b
I have been waiting for the moon to pass its last quarter phase so I can catch some of the mid-July activity. Unfortunately our area has been plagued by clouds so I had to wait until this morning to finally get a peak at the meteor activity. The sky was mediocre and very hazy, especially in the west toward San Diego. I decided to face southward to catch some of the early activity in that part of
I managed to view the Lyrid maximum for 2 hours from my new house located 20 miles east of San Diego. This was the first meteor observation from my new vantage point and I have found that it gives me an increase of at least 1 full magnitude right out the front door! Anyway, I faced toward the NE at an elevation of 60 degrees between the hours of 2:15 PDT to 4:15 PDT (9:15-11:15 UT). I counted 29
I was off work Monday morning so I thought I would take advantage of the clear skies and view some meteor activity. Despite the good sky I was a bit disappointed in the rates as I only counted 11 meteors during the 2 hour session. 9 of these meteors were sporadic, 1 Anthelion, and only 1 eta Aquariid were seen. I was especially disappointed in the ETA rates as I thought for sure that they would b
Is there a minimum acceptable Lm for observing? For example, at my rural site, the Lm is around 5.8, so it's obviously fine. At my house in an urban area, clear nights are around 3.8-4.1. The reduced number of sightings is an obvious consequence, but are the observations still of use?
When observing minor showers for the first time, is it worth trying to do an association with a known shower, or leave the shower column blank and just fill in the magnitude distribution and number seen columns? The IMO guide seems to suggest that this is the way to go.
I observed the Geminids from my home town during the night Dec 13-14. Skies cleared up from the south around 0.30 UT. I went to my observing site up in the local hills and watched the shower for 5.25 hours Teff between 01.05 - 06.20 UT. Despite the presence of a full moon, meteor rates were pretty great with hourly visual counts of 44 - 57 - 45 - 44 and 30 Geminids (Lm 4.9 up to 5.1). At the end