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    Default 2018 Perseid Shower (et al)



    The link below is to a Sky & Telescope summary of this year's primary meteor showers for those interested. The highlight is that the peak of the Perseids will come at new moon, and for us in the US the "expected" peak will occur Aug 12/13 between 1600 and 0400 EDT (or 2000 to 0400 UTC). So weather permitting, I intend to be front and center from our dark site to take advantage of the new moon under dark skies. Keeping fingers crossed for all.

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    Default Re: 2018 Perseid Shower (et al)

    My favorite meteor shower! Was clouded out last year, but in 2016 we logged 135 Perseid Meteors from 0230-0530 hrs on 13 Aug!!

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    Default Re: 2018 Perseid Shower (et al)

    Last Summer's shower was the first time I've ever seen anything like that. Even though I might not have had big numbers, the things I saw astounded me. I saw a mini 2 tailed Rocket cross almost from Horizon to Horizon. And one had three tails and looked like a firework when it finished because it seemed to explode. That one came out of the Northeast and traveled sort of Southwest. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it again. Thank you Alan.

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    Default Re: 2018 Perseid Shower (et al)

    Thanks for sharing the link Alan. Perseids and Gemenids delivered nicely for me in 2017. Looking forward 2018.
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    What is the least expensive cell phone for using SkySafari. Want to use SkySafari, but my phone does not have a compass. I could not download a compass. Time for a better cell phone anyway. Please give complete name, model number, brand, and manufacturer of the phone I should get. Thank you very much for your help.

    Which version of SkySafari is easiest to use? Perhaps there is a better app than SkySafari. I just want to locate/identify objects, nothing special or very technical.
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    Thank You for Heads up on the Date. Last Year I was traveling at the peak time and the last night was clouded.
    Looking forward to hopefully capturing a few streaks this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by refractordude View Post
    What is the least expensive cell phone for using SkySafari. Want to use SkySafari, but my phone does not have a compass. I could not download a compass. Time for a better cell phone anyway. Please give complete name, model number, brand, and manufacturer of the phone I should get. Thank you very much for your help.

    Which version of SkySafari is easiest to use? Perhaps there is a better app than SkySafari. I just want to locate/identify objects, nothing special or very technical.
    I was using it on my Moto X which is a 5-6 year old phone. The Newer Moto G4 or G5 will work great. A good refurbished LG G5 or V20 should do the trick as well. Of course the Iphone 5S or newer SE model is a good place to start with apple. All hovering around $150-250.
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    Hoping hurricane season doesn't ruin this but I'm planning to buy a ZWO ASI224MC before then because I wanna do a time lapse see if I can capture any.
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    Thanks Alan. I hadn't even thought about the Perseids yet!
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    Thanks for the link Alan, hope we get some clear skies for it.
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