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 meteors, 16 of them belonging to the Lyrid shower. The limiting magnitude ranged from +6.11 at the start to +5.86 at the end. There were lots of bright Lyrids with the brightest being a –2 that appeared low in the east. The most impressive meteor of the session was a 0 magnitude sporadic that shot through the center of my field of view and left a nice train. I’m looking forward to many more sessions from home!

Observer: Robert Lunsford (LUNRO)
Date: 17-Apr 22 Mean Solar Long: 032.234
Beginning Time (UT) 0915 Ending Time (UT) 1115
Total TeFF: 2.00

LOCATION: Blossom Valley, CA, USA
LONG: 116 51' 37" W LAT: 32 51' 44" N
Elevation: 290m Bortle Scale: Class 4: Rural/suburban transition
Beginning Temperature/Relative Humidity: 58F (14C) - 60%
Ending Temperature/Relative Humidity: 59F (15C) - 53%

METHOD: Visual Recording on Tape/Video Recording

Showers Observed
ANT 14:56 (224) -17 01-00 1 Total
LYR 18:08 (272) +33 07-09 16 Total
SPO 04-08 12 Total

Hourly Counts 12-17 29 Total

Period 1 0915-1015 UT
F = 1.00 (0% Clouds) Mean LM 6.06
FOV 270 +50 TOTAL TeFF: 1.00
Mean Solar Long: 032.206

METEOR DATA:

ANT 1, LYR 7, SPO 4 TOTAL 12

Magnitude Distribution
ANT +2 (1) Mean +2.00
LYR 0 (2) +2 (1) +3 (1) +4 (2) +5 (1) Mean + 2.57

SPO +3 (1) +4 (3) Mean + 3.75

Period 2 1015-1115 UT
F = 1.00 (0% Clouds) Mean LM 5.94
FOV 285 +50 TOTAL TeFF: 1.00
Mean Solar Long: 032.246

METEOR DATA:

LYR 9, SPO 8 TOTAL 17

Magnitude Distribution

LYR –2 (1) –1 (2) +1 (1) +2 (1) +3 (2) +4 (2) Mean + 1.44

SPO 0 (1) +1 (2) +2 (3) +3 (1) +4 (1) Mean + 1.88

Total Magnitude Distribution
ANT +2 (1) Mean +2.00
LYR -2 (1) –1 (2) 0 (2) +1 (1) +2 (2) +3 (3) +4 (4) +5 (1) Mean + 2.19
SPO 0 (1) +1 (2) +2 (3) +3 (2) +4 (4) Mean + 2.50

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 meteors, 16 of them belonging to the Lyrid shower. The limiting magnitude ranged from +6.11 at the start to +5.86 at the end. There were lots of bright Lyrids with the brightest being a –2 that appeared low in the east. The most impressive meteor of the session was a 0 magnitude sporadic that shot through the center of my field of view and left a nice train. I’m looking forward to many more sessions from home! ------------------------------------------------------- Observer: Robert Lunsford (LUNRO) Date: 17-Apr 22 Mean Solar Long: 032.234 Beginning Time (UT) 0915 Ending Time (UT) 1115 Total TeFF: 2.00 LOCATION: Blossom Valley, CA, USA LONG: 116 51' 37" W LAT: 32 51' 44" N Elevation: 290m Bortle Scale: Class 4: Rural/suburban transition Beginning Temperature/Relative Humidity: 58F (14C) - 60% Ending Temperature/Relative Humidity: 59F (15C) - 53% METHOD: Visual Recording on Tape/Video Recording -------------------------- Showers Observed ANT 14:56 (224) -17 01-00 1 Total LYR 18:08 (272) +33 07-09 16 Total SPO 04-08 12 Total Hourly Counts 12-17 29 Total --------------------------- Period 1 0915-1015 UT F = 1.00 (0% Clouds) Mean LM 6.06 FOV 270 +50 TOTAL TeFF: 1.00 Mean Solar Long: 032.206 METEOR DATA: ANT 1, LYR 7, SPO 4 TOTAL 12 Magnitude Distribution ANT +2 (1) Mean +2.00 LYR 0 (2) +2 (1) +3 (1) +4 (2) +5 (1) Mean + 2.57 SPO +3 (1) +4 (3) Mean + 3.75 ---------------------------- Period 2 1015-1115 UT F = 1.00 (0% Clouds) Mean LM 5.94 FOV 285 +50 TOTAL TeFF: 1.00 Mean Solar Long: 032.246 METEOR DATA: LYR 9, SPO 8 TOTAL 17 Magnitude Distribution LYR –2 (1) –1 (2) +1 (1) +2 (1) +3 (2) +4 (2) Mean + 1.44 SPO 0 (1) +1 (2) +2 (3) +3 (1) +4 (1) Mean + 1.88 ---------------------------- Total Magnitude Distribution ANT +2 (1) Mean +2.00 LYR -2 (1) –1 (2) 0 (2) +1 (1) +2 (2) +3 (3) +4 (4) +5 (1) Mean + 2.19 SPO 0 (1) +1 (2) +2 (3) +3 (2) +4 (4) Mean + 2.50
Robert Lunsford - IMO Forum Administrator

Thanks for sharing your last observations, Bob!
Enjoy your brand new deep skies!

Clear skies!
Karl

Thanks for sharing your last observations, Bob! Enjoy your brand new deep skies! Clear skies! Karl
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