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#1 djeber2

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:09 AM

I only saw 5 meteors from 12:30 AM to 2:30 AM. EDT

Anyone else have any better results??

#2 bierbelly

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:13 AM

I woke up a little after 3 EDT. Went out for a few minutes and didnt see a single meteor. Not a storm by any means.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

I woke up a little after 3 EDT. Went out for a few minutes and didnt see a single meteor. Not a storm by any means.


Same here.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:58 AM

Started to watch from 2:30 AM EDT gave up at 3:10 AM.

Saw 2. One was very faint. One was brilliant.
Both occurred closer to 2:30 then 3:00 EDT.

I've seen more on non-shower nights...
A total bust.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:27 AM



I've seen more on non-shower nights...
A total bust. [/quote]

Just like that for our group, too. It seemed even worse than a normal night.

#6 djeber2

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:28 AM

I've seen more on non-shower nights...
A total bust.


This is what I was thinking as I lie there not seeing any for a loooong time....

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:28 AM

saw clouds...

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:08 AM

2:30 to 3:15 am EDT, and nothing. But a great night to just explore with some small binoculars, so not a waste

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:34 AM

Went out at 11 pm PDT, had a perfect setup, in my zero-gravity chair wrapped in warm blanket, I could have stayed out all night. The only thing missing were the meteors. I saw 3 between 11 pm and 1 am PDT. At that point I was getting really drowsy, and since I had the alarm set for 6:30 this am, I gave up. But still a beautiful evening under the stars.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:59 AM

I also used my 12x50 Nikon AE to scan the Cygnus milky way and pick out some of the various Globulars and open clusters. It was a nice evening of observing but I would have went in at least an hour earlier if I knew there were so few meteors to be seen.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:12 PM

I was out from 2:30 to 4:00 am EDT. Did not see any meteors. This was from a high hill about a mile from my house - I walked there - and from the side of my house. I saw a fox trotting along a path on my way to the hill.

A young couple that came up the hill were afraid at first when they saw me sitting on my camp stool at the top. The girl gasped, "Is that a person?" I should have moaned, "I used to be a person..." There was a house at this site many years ago. Maybe they thought I was a ghost? Funny. :grin:

The sky was mostly clear, seeing good. Some haze came from time to time. When Lyra was near zenith, I could actually split the main pair of the Double Double naked eye ... well, with my glasses on, of course.

I should have stayed home and played with my new NexStar 6/8 mount.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:26 PM

12 members of our club (Pontchartrain Astronomy Society - New Orleans) were up at our club site approximately 55 miles north of the city near 31 degrees north latitude and about 90.3 degrees west longitude. The night was ok for observing but not spectacular. Some light cirrus clouds and moderately high humidity. Limiting naked eye magnitude was approximately 6.0. We had steady skies good for the planets and they were nice. A couple of sporadic meteors prior to midnight, we call them "Randomids".

Post midnight we had a brief quick run of very fast meteors with short tails that seemed to radiate from an area between Vega and the northeast horizon. I saw between 15 and 20 in total and for one brief minute I saw 8 in rapid succession. I believe these were likely associated with the anticipated shower. This was at approximately 12:45 am. With this activity we expected more, but that never happened. We saw about 3 or 4 more over the next hour and a half and then the skies sort of closed in. Oh well, maybe the Leonids again in another 19 or 20 years!

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:30 PM

I was out from 04:00 to 04:30 am EDT. saw 5 meteors. only one long streak moving to the East, one appearing to come straight at me, two bright but very short lived, and one good sized very bright one that lasted only a fraction of a second . . . almost missed it! All were white, and all but the long streak eminated from the radiant.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:06 PM

Our group of three was out from 10PM to 4 AM CDT in southern MN. Trees around site prevented seeing low ones in N and NE. We saw 6 all night that could have come from the right area.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

We had completely clear skies here in south New Jersey from midnight till dawn (EDT) under mag 20.80 skies.

We had 8 observers and we saw, maybe, 2-3 meteors per hour. And they were extremely unimpressive. No fireballs at all.

I shot two cameras, each with a 16mm lens at f/2.

30-sec exposures at ISO 1600 unfiltered.

Covered nearly 7,000 square degrees of sky.

Shot 455 frames total from 6:07UT to 8:12UT.

I think I may have recorded one piddling little meteor, and if it was a Camelopardalid, the radiant in Camelopardalis is closer to Cassiopeia than it is to Omicron Ursae Majoris (which is what one source listed as the radiant being very near). The line nearly intersects BE Camelopardalis.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:26 PM

I went out at 10:30 PM MST, and almost immediately saw a bright green fireball (in another part of the sky). About an hour later, I saw one faint one in the north that was probably one of the shower. Nothing more until 12:30AM, when I bagged it and went in.
As soon as I went inside, it was probably machine-gun meteors, and I missed it. *sigh*

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:41 PM

From the Mt. Pinos area, we saw nothing special save for one quite impressive fireball with a bright white head and an orange tail that persisted for more than a minute.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:02 PM

This thread suggests why I don't usually get too excited about meteor showers. Your success is subject to location, weather conditions, dumb luck and your willingness to stare naked eye at the sky for hours on end.

:grin:
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:37 PM

Nothing seen through holes in the clouds from my urban backyard. I gave up just after 1AM MST.

The best thing of the night was watching and hearing TV news people trying to say 'Camelopardalids' or 'Cameloparalis'. :grin:

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:00 PM

I went outside four times between 12:30, and 3:15. Saw nothing but clouds here in Corpus Christi.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:26 PM

Clouds only at 12:30. Went out again at 3:00 to spotty clouds, but in 15 minutes saw nothing, except more clouds rolling in.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:44 AM

From Western Oregon saw one very bright yellowish meteor right where I would have expected it after observing for three 5 minute spans from 11:00 to 1:00 PDT. Being just one makes it kinda more special, right? :lol:

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

Being just one makes it kinda more special, right? :lol:


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 11:38 AM

I drove 40 miles to the Piney Mountain ATV Parking Lot dark site last night, arriving at approximately 10:30 p.m. EDT. Tony Donnangelo, a fellow ASH member, got there shortly before I did. There were quite a few campers there but they didn't pose all that much of a problem. I did a bit of DSO observing with my 80mm f/5 Orion ShortTube 80 achromat and 8x42 and 10x50 Celestron binoculars before settling down to the task at hand. A constant wind made things feel much colder than the actual temperature indicated.

Tony and I began watching for meteors in earnest shortly before midnight. Contrary to the forecasts, the sky was perfectly clear until, of course, shortly before 2:00 a.m., the earliest predicted time of the so-called Camelopardalid peak, at which point the sky began to cloud over. Before too long, the sky was completely overcast.

We waited for about 40 minutes and decided to pack up. Just as we were about to leave, the sky cleared. There were periods of cloudiness from time to time afterwards but we hung in there until the crescent Moon rose and astronomical twilight brightened the sky. All told we got in a total of at least 3.5 hours of dedicated meteor watching time. During that time, each of us saw a grand total of five meteors, all of them sporadics. There were no slow-moving fireballs. Not a single meteor emanated from the proposed radiant, although some of them headed towards it, more or less.

We left the site at 4:45 a.m. I didn't crawl into bed until after 7:00 a.m. and slept only a couple of hours before waking.

According to http://spaceweather.com/, ZHRs were in the 5 to 10 meteors per hour range, which means it was a very minor shower. The rates shown at http://www.imo.net/ are just a bit higher.

Despite the disappointing results, I enjoyed my first outing to a dark sky site since I fractured my right clavicle last year. I observed Albireo, M13, M31, M39, M51, M57, M81, M82, M101, NGC 869 and 884 (the Double Cluster) and NGC 7000 (the North America Nebula), saw four satellite passes including two flashing tumblers and an ISS pass. It was great to behold the summer Milky Way under a fairly dark sky once again. There was a fine view of the waning crescent Moon and Venus on the way home.

And now a humorous look at one more overhyped astronomical event.

Boom or bust? Bust!

http://www.washingto...05/23/boom-o...

Hit or flop? Flop!

http://www.nbcnews.c...camelopardal...

The CamelopardaDUDs?

http://earthsky.org/...teors-observ...

Where, oh where have the Camelopardalids gone?

http://www.skynews.c...shower-no-show/

There were some positive results, however.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ - ISS and Camelopardalids

http://spaceweatherg...or_gallery.html - photo gallery

http://www.ericteske...eball-with.html - a fine image of a fireball and subsequent smoke trail in Ursa Major

http://www.space.com...t-as-jupiter... - video

Dave Mitsky

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:44 AM

I wonder if these meteor shower folks went to the same "Forecasting School" as the weather folks ??






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