Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

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Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:21 pm

The Geminids, and supposed to be ideal viewing conditions across PA (clear skies, no moon). Peak rates of 100-150 meteors/hour in the darkest spots, best times to view from 9 PM onward as Gemini rises higher and higher in the eastern sky.

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http://www.space.com/18887-geminid-meteor-shower-peak-preview.html

Wish this peaked in a couple days when I was at home :(
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby mac5155 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:28 pm

Oooo should be a good time to try to photograph stars with my new DSLR
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby Tico Rick on Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:22 pm

Thanks for the heads up, shaf!
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:22 pm

Tico Rick wrote:Thanks for the heads up, shaf!


I'm pretty excited for this one. Even in my relatively heavy light-polluted area 20 miles outside of Philly, I am hoping to see one a minute or so. And Gemini gets very high in the sky since it's a northern constellation.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:32 pm

Which direction is the best to look?
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:35 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:Which direction is the best to look?


Basically, in the direction of Gemini. Because it is such a northern constellation, it rises in the northeast and proceeds quickly towards the near-top of the sky as you get closer to 2 AM. If you are wondering what to look for as far as Gemini is concerned, if you notice a really, really bright planet (brightest object in the sky), that's Jupiter, in Taurus. Look down below that to the left, and you will see Gemini. Most easily identified by Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars.

Make sure you don't focus too much on that exact point, but casually scan the sky in that direction.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby mac5155 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:45 pm

Saw one in the southeast sky about an hour ago, out just watching for some more.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby ILikeTurtles on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:47 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:Which direction is the best to look?

up
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:56 pm

Don't you know that you are a shooting star? Don't you know? Don't you know?
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby malkinshair on Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:15 pm

Perfect night to watch...

I just saw one shooting east to west looking pretty much straight up.
My wife's never seen one...and was looking down when I saw this one. She has declared this meteor shower an 'epic fail' because it's 'too cold' to stay out. Of course, she also considers this to be the precursor to the Mayan end of the world so...
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby mac5155 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:16 pm

Lol my fiancee said the same thing and I got sick of listening to her shiver so we came back in, plus my cheapo tripod broke on my camera.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby Pitts on Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:21 pm

I've stepped outside 3 ties tonight and each tie I've seen a handful of shooting starts. Definitely good action going on!
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby Ad@m on Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:43 pm

Saw approximately 50 in a half hour. On two different occasions I saw 3 in a 5 second span.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:47 pm

Even in my light polluted area I've seen a half dozen in 15 minutes. Awesome!
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby mac5155 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:06 pm

Just saw like 3 within 30 seconds.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby DudeMan2766 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:10 pm

I just walked outside. Pretty clear night but got nothin
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby MRandall25 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:46 pm

Didn't see any meteors, but I keep seeing a bunch of weird, distant, almost flashing lights moving around in one area (not a plane because otherwise it would be moving from one side to the other).
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby PensFanInDC on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:54 pm

ILikeTurtles wrote:
Letang Is The Truth wrote:Which direction is the best to look?

up


Legit LOL. Good play bro...
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby DMcGrew on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:14 am

Saw a bunch of meteors tonight. I was taking pics the last 20 mins. I know I got one pretty bright one and a bunch of faint ones. Downloading the pics to my computer right now.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby OutofFoil on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:34 am

MRandall25 wrote:Didn't see any meteors, but I keep seeing a bunch of weird, distant, almost flashing lights moving around in one area (not a plane because otherwise it would be moving from one side to the other).


Paging Doc...
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby DMcGrew on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:45 am

Took about 30 pics.. only two of them you could actually see the meteors. The others were extremely faint. Here are the two good ones..

This one has 2 meteors. The one at the top right is obvious but there is another one on the bottom just above the horizon and slightly to the right of the one of the top of the pic. It is very faint.
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Geminid Meteor Shower by Dustin McGrew[/size]

And this one is obvious ;)
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Geminid Meteor Shower by Dustin McGrew[/size]
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:51 am

Awesome pic! Yeah, if you take enough exposure pics, you are bound to capture one
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby DMcGrew on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:57 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Awesome pic! Yeah, if you take enough exposure pics, you are bound to capture one


Yep I was just firing 30 sec exposures constantly. I need to get a new cable shutter release so I can do bulb exposure with a lower ISO. These settings worked out pretty good though.
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby eddysnake on Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:15 am

thanks for the heads up, did anyone see that one right around 10:04PM, man what a nice one. Really incredible night for this, I hope to see some more tonight. thanks again shaf
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Re: Best Meteor Shower of the Year tonight

Postby mac5155 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:20 am

Awesome pix, i tried just doing some 15 second exposures with a standard 18/55 lens but didnt have much luck, they could only go down to f/3.5 which probably isnt low enough. I'm a beginner though. There was too much light around my neighborhood too, and I didnt feel like driving out to the country.
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