Perseids peak 2015

On the peak night from 12th to 13th August 2015 the sky was clear so we were able to observe many bright meteors throughout the night. The brightest of them were observed late in the night when the radiant was high in the sky. In the photographs their trail usually appears in green and orange colors.

Sight at the horizon revealed quite a strong airglow activity. In the photos it is visible as green (purple) light near the horizon. It should not be confused with strong orange light that is a result of a light pollution.

Here are some of the brightest Perseid meteors that I was able to capture.

Bright Perseid
Date: 12. August 2015 22:57 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near radiant
Date: 13. August 2015 00:26 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid near Pleiades
Date: 13. August 2015 00:35 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:37 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:43 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Bright Perseid
Date: 13. August 2015 01:48 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@12mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s

More meteor photos can be seen in gallery.

First Perseids 2015

Some of the Perseid meteors can already be seen in days before the shower peak that usually happens in the night from 12th to 13th August. Here are some of the meteors (most of them are not very bright) that I was able to capture before the maximum.

Short Perseid near radiant
Date: 8. August 2015 21:16 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s
Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 8. August 2015 22:28 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikorr 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 800, 30s

Perseid near Andromeda galaxy
Date: 12. August 2015 01:19 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 60s

Noctilucent clouds 4 July 2014

Noctilucent clouds are clouds that can be seen in summer from July to August, shortly after the sunset or before sunrise. They are located much higher than normal clouds, at a height of approximately 80 km, therefore seen when the Sun illuminates their the bottom side.

Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:25 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 18-55mm@55mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 30s
Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:36 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 200, 10s

Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:45 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 35mm, f/2.5, ISO 200, 15s