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Perseids a wash-out here :grumpy:

  1. Aug 12, 2005 #1


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    Perseids a wash-out here.... :grumpy:

    I had hoped to see a nice shower last night - first August in a new house out in the country with DARK skies. Instead I got very bright aurorae, and the rest of the weekend is supposed to be mostly cloudy. How was this year's peak? Did anybody here record high counts?
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  3. Aug 12, 2005 #2
    It was a wash-out here in NW Arkansas. Between 3:00 and 3:30, I only saw 2 against a fairly dark sky.
  4. Aug 12, 2005 #3
    way too overcast here too :cry: I demand a refund!
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    I'm in central Maine in a dark location. Years ago, I was setting up my JSO 5" SCT up and as I was looking down to tighten the wingnuts on the accessory tray, when I saw a shadow of the tripod sweeping across the ground. I looked up in time to see a bright bolide explode into pieces, then the pieces split again and again, like fireworks. It was brilliant and ruined my night vision. As my eyes returned to normal, I saw a bright cloud where the bolide had passed (exactly opposite the expected retina-burn effect!). As I watched this ionized contrail slowly drifted to the east and faded over a period of minutes. I keep hoping to get another Perseid like that.... All I got last night was northern lights - blah!
  6. Aug 12, 2005 #5
    cloudy overcast skies here in WA won't be seeing crap
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    I haven't seen the night-sky in weeks. Cloudy, cloudy with T-storms, mostly cloudy, hazy, etc, etc, etc.
  8. Aug 12, 2005 #7


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    I saw a dark dark night last night.

    Unfortunately i was driving down through the mountains with no street lights so looking outside for more then .005 seconds meant certain death.
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