Perseids

The Perseids originate from a quadrant (the dashed circle) near the constellation of Perseus.
Figure 1: The Perseids originate from a quadrant (the dashed circle) near the constellation of Perseus.
The Perseids is a yearly recurring meteor swarm that originates from a radiant near the constellation of Perseus. The meteors are related to the comet Swift-Tuttle, which has a nucleus of 26km diameter and a orbital period of 133 years. The stream of debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle is what causes the yearly meteor shower.


Perseids 2019

Perseid meteors as imaged in the night of 13 to 14 August 2019.
Figure 2: Perseid meteors as imaged in the night of 13 to 14 August 2019.
During the night of 12 to 13 August 2019 the Perseid meteor shower would have its maximum. Sadly enough the sky was completely covered, so no chance to get a glimpse of them. As it was expected that this shower would last until the next day, a second attempt was done during the night of 13 to 14 August, resulting in two captured meteors.
Recording was done using FireCapture and the ZWO ASI290MC camera. Stacking was done manually in PSP.


Perseids 2020

Perseid meteors as imaged in the night of 12 to 13 August 2020.
Figure 3: Perseid meteors as imaged in the night of 12 to 13 August 2020.
During the night of 12 to 13 August 2020 the Perseid meteor shower had its maximum again. This time the sky was clear, or at least so until midnight (UTC). So I mounted a ZWO ASI290MC with the ZWO zoom-lens, which sadly enough is quite mediocre, piggy-back on the Esprit and started recording data during three consequetive sessions. The first was with an exposure time of 1 second per frame, the other two with 10 seconds per frame at a lower gain level. In total I managed to capture 8 meteors, which I combined using Startrails version 2.3.
In PSP I replaced the smeared-out trees at the right by that same section of one of the individual frames and adjusted the curves for more contrast.


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