Perseids: The Peak Night

   This morning I was set up and the camera was clicking away by about 3 am CDT. Once again I had the camera set to Burst mode taking 10-second exposures with the ISO 1600; F 4.0. The skies were very clear and the humidity seemed lower than yesterday. I started with my 28mm wide-angle lens and then used the 18-55mm lens set at 18 mm with the same shutter settings. After about 30 minutes I added the wide-angle lens for about 25 minutes, and then the 18-55 mm lens for about 15-20 minutes. By then, around 5 am CDT dew had condensed on the lenses and me to the point where it was time to stop. Below are some highlights from this session.
   I saw a total of 4 meteors in a 2-hour time span, as well as 4 airplanes with their lights blinking and leaving long dash-like lines in several picture frames. What was enjoyable was watching the stars of the open star cluster the Pleiades coming into view over the tree tops. That cluster of stars is very obvious in the star trail pictures.


   
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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