Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

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by Brad Panovich / First Warn Chief Meteorologist

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:10 AM

The biggest and brightest meteor shower of the year is upon us and it peaks this weekend. Even though you can already see some meteors tonight and over the next few nights, as long as you have clear skies.

 

There is a new moon right now which is helping with the dark skies but even so your best bet is to get away from the city lights. Find a nice wide open area and look northeast. You want to find the constellation Perseus which is where this meteors get their name. The center of the constellation is the radiant of the meteors. Though some argue looking about 45° to the left or right of this location is best. There will be so many of that anywhere you look you should see some fireballs. The peak is Sunday night but you have just as good a chance Saturday night or even Monday night. The average per hour given very dark locations would be 60 per hour with a maximum of 100.

Other tips are to make sure you let your eyes adjust and head out well after 2:00 am EDT until right before sunrise. If you have a camera with a intravolmeter you can set it up on tripod to take pictures throughout the night and check it in the morning. For those camera savvy here are tips for photographing the meteors from photographer David Klingham. I use them last winter to catch the gemininds and they worked great! 

Settings:
Manual mode (Bulb mode on Canon)
ISO - 6400
Aperture - f/2.8
Shutter - 30 seconds but this will be controlled by the intervalometer, set your camera to Bulb mode
White Balance - Custom of 3800k (fluorescent is fairly close)
Turn off long exposure noise reduction
Turn off mirror lock-up

Focus:
Set to manual focus
Easy method - Set lens to Infinity
Better method - Use live view or hyperfocal

Intervalometer:
Set camera to 'Bulb' mode
Setup your intervalometer to take continuous 30 second exposures:
Delay: 0
Long: 30"
Interval: 1"
No.: -- (infinite)
Press Start when you're ready, do not press the shutter release button

Good luck and send me your pictures I'll share them on air! Email your photos over to YourPics@wcnc.com and BPanovich@wcnc.com

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