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« on: August 12, 2007, 10:52 AM »
Hola,

Later tonight is the start of the annual meteor shower the Perseids...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6940962.stm

With clear skies down here in Andalucia and a new moon making the sky darker it is forecast to be one of the best shows..

Anyone got advice for shooting star photography?

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2007, 11:10 AM »
hi Clive,
Best to use a camera that can have the shutter left open but the best tips I can find are here http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/leonids_photographing.html
Any idea when they are on till as we are in a good viewing area on Tuesday.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 11:17 AM »
Hola Dave,

Watchers will get the best of the display from about 2200 BST (2100 GMT) on Sunday 12 August, which will peak just before sunrise on Monday 13 August.

Sounds like you may miss it as it will be over by Tuesday...

Open shutter it is then.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 15:41 PM »
Hi all,
Just did a bit of checking for those of us with Digital Cameras only.
We might as well leave them in the bag and just watch the Showers instead.
Something to do with "Thermals" etc ,which is why "film" cameras are better to use.
Too technical for me im afraid.
Enjoy the show though.
Dave

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 20:04 PM »
So dont be too  ready to get rid of the old faithfuls......:)
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 21:58 PM »
Hola,

I looked up what you said Spanishfreelander and found some good news.....

http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Bszc

Lets see what the night brings......

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2007, 08:41 AM »
Hi
OK. Who saw what and used what?
The best:
I did see a fantastic streaker - looked like a rocket which last about three seconds with trail burning
Camera
Had EOS100 but in the end didnt really try too much; just  played around with the Milky Way area for fun but heavens know what Ive got.
Conditions
fantastic
State of me
exhausted
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2007, 12:06 PM »
Hola,

Last night I saw the longest lasting meteor ever. Over 4 seconds and seemingly half the length of the sky....There wasn't as many as I thought there would be but I guess I saw around 20 in total...

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Camera Model
     Canon EOS 20D
Shooting Date/Time
     8/12/2007 10:48:27 PM
Shooting Mode
     Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed )
     1969 (seconds) (32 minutes)
Av( Aperture Value )
     36.0
Metering Mode
     Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed
     200
Lens
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2007, 13:35 PM »
Hi Clive
Nice photo, I did see one which also seemed to last around 2 seconds and curved like a hockey stick at the end of it's trajectory, very strange. sadly no photo, the faithful Kodak DC280 is not up to much
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2007, 02:39 AM »
Greetings All,
Thanx for updates, photos and all!
I'm glad you all enjoyed the show - I too had camera in hand at that time, but unfortunately was "enjoying" a different show - my father-in-l. dressed up in drag on a makeshift stage at the chiringuito, an act followed by my kids prancing about doing karoake to El canto del loco or some such crap nonsense. Could have been worse - last year they too were done up in drag at their abuelo's instigation! :banghead: Thank Darwin that this year they're older and not so easily convinced - there were definite murmurs of dissent this time round!
There's-hope-yet-for-future-generations regs.,
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2007, 06:48 AM »
Hi all,

I've managed to miss not only the asteroids but tis whole post!

Loke TP I was somewhat otherwise engaged as we have two large fiestas overlapping coming up, Sant Roque and the brilliant Sant Magi, we also 'enjoyed' being on the fring of a huge cloudburst, something like 75 litres of rain in half and hour (the epicentre was at Torredembarra, just up the coast!).

Is this event precise enough to be on the same calendar day TP, as I'd like to make a note of this for myself and our guests?

Agree about digital cameras being US in poor light, that's why I'm not planning to replace the ol' OM kit yet!

Regs

Simon

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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2007, 08:05 AM »
Well done Clive  :clapping:
I've still got my old Nikon film camera but didn't bother getting it out as the sky was overcast here. However, I had a look from our balcony (south-westerly direction) and saw ghostly starry showers.
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2007, 16:35 PM »
Very nice pic Clive,
We were up in extremadura and as we had been up since 5am the previous day,slept through the whole thing.
Just my luck at the minute.
Anyone know when the next ones happening?
Knowing my luck  2089 or something like that.
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2007, 11:06 AM »
hi Dave
No you are OK it happens every year around the same time, although some years are better than others
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2008, 15:40 PM »
Hi all,

Its time again.... A whole year has passed.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids

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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2008, 17:06 PM »
Greetings Clive and All,
Thanx for reminding us - if not for you (would make great title for a song  :dancing: ) what with one thing and another, would have missed it again  :banghead:

Saw an amazingly large (= bright) shooting star last Saturday here in Madrid skies - not sure exact time, maybe 11 p.m. - anyone else see same star from different location?

Get-yer-cameras-out regs.,
Technopat

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This year they're not dressing up in drag - just doing playback to The Beatles (Mrs Tp's suggestion - maybe her professional take on things has finally made her wake up to reality :technodevil: as in "one-thing's-having-a-ball" and htis time round she's taken an active role in stage-managing the whole sordid affair)
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2008, 08:32 AM »
Nobody saw nuffin'? Or were all the nature-lovers indoors watchin telly?
I-forgot-as-usual :banghead: regs.,
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2008, 08:48 AM »
Well, I find it impossible to stay up into the middle of the night, but I did see a couple of shooting stars early on.

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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2008, 10:52 AM »
Hi All
No up at Torre it was very hazy, so we saw nuffin as well.
Regards
Dave

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« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2008, 09:54 AM »
Well someone was out there!

Have a look at this from the Catalan 24/7 news channel. It was taken from near the village of Ager in Lleida, near neighbours to us on the Sierra de Montsec.

http://www.3cat24.cat/pnoticies/1024ItemMedia.jsp?item=81328&type=3

Cheers

Simon

PS I missed it again, of course!