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    Perseid meteors peak tonight.

    Two thing conspire to make the Perseid peak tonight potentially great:
    -the Earth is entering a particularly "thick" part of the debris stream from comet Swift-Tuttle (which makes the Perseids),
    -the entire evening is moonless.

    If you have clear skies, go out, kick back, and enjoy!

    http://earthsky.org/tonight/perseid-...night-and-dawn


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    Was looking forward to this but London is under a thick blanket of cloud soon to release a big thunderstorm

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    We've just been discussing this as a family. Late night for wmw jnr I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    We've just been discussing this as a family. Late night for wmw jnr I think
    Likewise and yes
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    I'll be awake at work

    shame the weather is looking to be against me

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    Ah it's glorious down south. Crystal clear.
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    It's almost clear in zone 3 of southeast London too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    Ah it's glorious down south. Crystal clear.

    I can see god here

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    You who are going out to watch the Perseids should take pics and post them here. Just pop your camera on a tripod:
    -set the lens to 18mm - 28mm and as low an f/stop as it will go.
    -set the shutter to B or T and use a remote/cable release if possible (or use the timer)
    -ISO 400 or more (but not the fastest; that's usually pretty noisy)
    -point the camera high in the northeast sky to capture meteors coming from the radiant
    -point the camera anywhere else in the sky to capture longer meteor trails.
    Exposures of 5-10 minutes give nice star trails, and (hopefully!) some bright meteor streaks. (if you're in a light-polluted area, use ISO 200)
    Have fun!

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    Thanks Sherry!
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