Aug 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm #1306212
Sharon J.BPL Member
@squarkLocale: SF Bay area
Anyone heading out of town in search of dark skies this weekend for the perseids meteor shower? Expected to peak August 12:
I was lucky enough to see them from Yosemite in 97. It was quite a treat.Aug 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm #2012791
Thanks for the heads-up, Sharon. Snagged a zipcar for the night of the 12th; anyone want to chime in here with the best (clearest, fewest people) decently close to SF viewing? Say 4 hours away tops.
Edit: Emigrant, I think, mosquitoes be damned.Aug 6, 2013 at 10:55 am #2012944
Hoot FilsingerBPL Member
@filsingerLocale: Pacific Northwest
You may want to contact a local group. If you have never had the opportunity to view deep sky objects in a dark environment with a quality scope it is a real treat.Aug 7, 2013 at 11:55 am #2013312
Kevin BurtonBPL Member
I just got back from Emigrant last week and the mosquitoes were fine.Aug 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm #2013313
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Check area forest fires as well as the weather reports–smoke does not add to your viewing clarity!Aug 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm #2013315
Hoot, thanks for the tip — I've bookmarked that page for the next chance I get.
Kevin, that's a relief; I gave them about two pints in June. They're cut off.
Mary, Wundergound says clear Monday night. Fingers crossed.Aug 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm #2013332
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Cool. Thanks for the heads up. We'll be in the Alps on the Italian/ Swiss border so there should be good viewing conditions.Aug 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm #2013400
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
Last year I was able to enjoy it from my backyard,but looks like there's a chance of rain this weekend. I've heard they're already beginning so I'm going out in the morning for the next couple of days while the skies are clear and early next week too.Aug 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm #2015007
Okay, that was AMAZING, and totally worth the drive from SF. Found a private plateau just south of Chewing Gum lake with a decent view… saw fifteen or so meteors before conking out at 1AM, the best of which left trails across 3/4ths of the entire visible sky. Thanks again for the heads-up, Sharon.Aug 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm #2015054
Paul AndronicoBPL Member
@jakesandwichLocale: S.F. Bay Area
My wife and I made a quick 2-mile drive from our house up to a ridge line, hiked up for 10 minutes, set up our camp pads, pulled out our quilt and mummy bag, and enjoyed the show. We saw about 8-10 meteors, all from 10:00 pm to 11:45 pm on Sunday night. The best one–which shot halfway across the sky–was in the first five minutes. I will definitely watch the show again next year!Aug 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm #2015065
Jason GBPL Member
@jasongLocale: iceberg lake
This was my bivy setup for the Perseids saturday night up at Iceland lake
I too saw 2 REALLY good ones and probably 20 smaller
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