Quadrantids Put On a Show

One of several Quadrantid meteors I caught on camera. Meteor was much more impressive to the eyes.

Night started with clouds moving over my place about sunset, I went to bed early. Woke up at 2:45am CDT to clear skies and after getting powered up with coffee I was observing by 3:30. Here are my actual notes from the night:

03:20-03:30 3 QUA 1 SPO
03:50-04:05 6 QUA 2 SPO
04:17-04:30 5 QUA
03:20-03:30 3 QUA 1 SPO
04:40-04:50 9 QUA 2 SPO
5.8 lm, 29F
05:03-05:14 1 QUA
05:23-05:34 3 QUA 2 SPO
05:43-05:56 10 QUA 2 SPO
06:05-06:15 5 QUA 2 SPO
06:20-06:27 3 QUA 2 SPO

45 total meteors in 1 hour 40 minutes effective observing time. (there will be an app for this). Very good show this morning. It helps I was looking either up at the sky to the NE or NW, if one had been watching to the south they’d have missed a bunch of meteors.

Besides having nice clear skies it was only 29? outside, light wind. There wasn’t even any dew or frost. In January! Amazing.

One Reply to “Quadrantids Put On a Show”

  1. Howard,
    I’ve been following your Blog for some time now. I really like your astrophotos, esp those from Okie-Tex and I’ve used your FOV calculator for my lenses. Thanks! I hope some day to get shots of the Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein similar to yours. I’ll have to do those at Okie-Tex – I live just south of Nashville, TN – heap big light pollution.

    I’ve been a little concerned that you haven’t posted since Jan.
    Hope all is well with you.
    Don Horne
    Tenndon-at-gmail-dot-com

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