10:40 PM: Sky cleared enough to go out and watch – saw 4 meteors: 2 short/white, 2 very long – one white, one red, getting very bright white at the end.
11:15 PM: Clouds roll in :/
11:20 PM: Came back inside, set alarm for 1 hour, wrote this.
11:30 PM: Launched Team Fortress 2
12:20 AM: Alarm wakes me up in front of computer :/
Still cloudy… go to bed.
4:20 AM Wake up, look outside – it’s CLEAR!
4:30 AM Set camera to auto 8 second exposure, no pause between frames, aim at Perseus, go.
I saw 11 meteors: several short, one very long. A couple went crossways to the radiant.
5:30 AM Dawn creeping up towards the east, pack it up and go inside, make coffee.
5:35 AM Insert camera SD card into laptop, start looking at pictures. Man that brewing coffee smells good!
6:30 AM Wake up on sofa with warm cozy laptop on my lap. Damnit! Go get some coffee.
I’d taken several hundred pictures, but didn’t capture a single meteor. I kept thinking to myself: if I had a wide-angle lens for my camera, I might have caught some of those meteors, if the crescent Moon wasn’t out, and the surroundings weren’t so light polluted, and the neighbors porch and driveway lights weren’t on…
Perseids Watch TONIGHT! at the Warren Astronomical Society’s Stargate Observatory, Wolcot Mill Metro park/Camp Rotary entrance (29 Mile between Romeo Plank Rd. and North Ave.) Free to the public, several telescopes will be available to use.