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Old 08-12-2013, 01:10 PM   #101
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Supposed to be clear skies tonight so I'll try and post some meteor pictures tomorrow but in the meantime, here's what we were battling last night:

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Literally right above us. Picture got blown out unfortunately, but damn... this one let a little bit of wee out:


Anyway, back to meteor talk lol
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Honestly guys, take the extra 20 minutes to drive and head out to Dark Sky Park. Trust me, if you really want to see a ton of meteors without a bunch of random screams every time someone spots one, that's the place to be. Lots of guys also show up with their telescopes and most are more than happy to let you peer through them for a while.
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Contemplating hitting up the lookout at Stave tomorrow night, if the weather clears...

Or a little closer to home, I've gone up to Pitt Lake for meteors before, it's pretty dark there.
Still thinkin Stave? If so what time?
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:44 PM   #106
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Where's Dark Sky Park? The one in Abby?
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Very helpful as it took me to https://maps.google.com/maps?pws=0&q=dark+sky+park&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl


I think the one everyone is talking about is McDonald Park in Abbotsford, BC
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Interesting... very first hit for me was this one: FVAS Dark Sky Park
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First one I get is this:

Forestry Commission Scotland - Galloway Forest Park Dark Skies

Scotland might be a little too far away for most of us.
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So the wife and I are going to take a run up by Pitt Lake for a while... don't wanna be out TOO late. If anyone wants to come join us... watch for my black Jeep with big white CB antenna (channel 4, in case you have a set).
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Woot, lightning storm from this evening blew all the clouds away. Time to take out the camera and get stung by mosquitoes!

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Guess I'll be heading to Abbotsford tonight...haha. How busy's Mcdonald Park expected to be?

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At McDonald's park right now. It's amazing.
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was watcing it from at home on my deck seeing all the small ones glide across the sky then around one a huge on lit up the sky n left a long streak, it really scared the shit out of me then i decided it was time to go, it was truly amazing thou
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Is this still going to be on tonight? Might make my way up to Abbey if its still going down tonight.

I was near YVR yesterday by Iona beach and only saw just a few fly by, was hoping to see alot ><
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Lucked out on this one last night from Cypress. not the best shot, sorry.

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The Perseids are generally visible from July 17 through August 24, with the peak being on August 11 & 12. So yeah, you still have a couple weeks to catch them, they just won't be as intense as the last couple nights.
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Is this still going to be on tonight?

Yeah I've been seeing at least 8 per hour for over a week every time I went out. Should still be quite active for the next few days. I'm actually thinking about heading out to the DSP right now. Insomnia has it's advantages.
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I saw 5 last night. Had no idea there was even a meteor shower. Laid on a bench on top of the big grass hill at sfu by the terry fox statue and looking at the skies when BAM a meteor! Didnt realize it was a big thing til we got to Burnaby mountain and it was packed.

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34 meteors in 45 minutes. notbad.tiff.png.exe Went out to http://goo.gl/maps/AmFRN, queued up some music and set up my chair facing pretty much right at Cassiopeia. In my first three minutes out there between 1:01am and 1:04am I saw 9 meteors and even though I know the Perseids tend to be streaky (no pun, srsly) that still set unrealistic expectations for the night. Didn't see a single thing for 5 minutes and then a few more meteors. For the next 40 minutes there would be what seemed like 5 minutes of nothing and then 6 or 7 in 5 minutes. I saw several pretty long and/or bright meteors but only one that wasn't just a streak but an obvious ball and trail (I hadn't actually seen one of those yet this season, although I was lucky enough to be out overnight during the 06/04 fireball which while not Russia-tier is still likely to be the brightest I'll see in my lifetime). All in all a good night's viewing, although my holy grail of stargazing still eludes me, although once again I was close - (I have still yet to see two satellites converge at the exact same point). They've been damn close a few times but I've never seen two perfectly align. Ah well. There's always next time.

Anyways, no pics of meteors but one of my setup:

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Yeah, we had a pretty good fireball streak over us last weekend. Went from one side of the horizon right to the other side. Was pretty neat, and a little scary.
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