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

Perseids (PER) 2014

Object: Perseid
Date: 3. August 2014 01:09 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 95s
Object: Perseid
Date: 8. August 2014 00:35 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 30s
Object: Perseid
Date: 8. August 2014 00:40 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 30s
Object: Perseid
Date: 8. August 2014 02:26 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30s
Object: Perseid
Date: 13. August 2014 01:32 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 15s
Object: Perseid
Date: 14. August 2014 22:30 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16@13mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 30s

Perseids 2013

This year’s maximum of the Perseids meteor shower was very favourable for observing. With no moon and clear weather we were able to photograph and visually observe meteors for several consecutive days. Here are some pictures of the best and brightest meteors caught.

Perseid, 12 August 2013, 23:42 UT
Perseid, 12 August 2013, 22:51 UT
Perseid, 12 August 2013, 22:07 UT
Perseid, 12 August 2013, 20:04 UT
Perseid, 6 August 2013, 23:18 UT