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Dusttrail of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

MeteorsPosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, November 23, 2015 17:19:17

During the night of 22/23 november 2014 I could observe a couple of hours from the Groevenbeekse Heide. This to see if the dusttrail of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle from the year 636 shows some activity in the form of Leonid meteors. I counted some Leonids from 1 to 4 an hour. All Leonids were weak, but one was a beautiful magn. -2. In total I counted 48 meteors, amongst them 11 Leonids, 3 alpha Monocerotids and 3 Northern Taurids.
I took with me to the heath a Canon EOS6D equipped with a Canon EF 8-15 mm F4.0 USM lens ye fish. The camera captured 4 meteors, including two Leonids of magnitude -2 and -4. It was also captured with my all sky camera EN-98. This is a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 4.5 circular fish eye lens and a rotating shutter. And last but not least also my CAMS camera 352 captured this Leonid. Here are some pictures of this night.

Picture 1. At 02:43 UT a Leonid of magnitude -2 in Camelopardalis and Auriga. Click on the image to see the whole picture. Camera: Canon EOS6d with a Canon EF 8-15 mm F4L fishe eye lens. ISO: 1250, F 4.0, 29s.

Picture 2. At 04:12:36 a bright Leonid of magnitude -4 in Ursa Major ("The Big Dipper"). Click on the image to see the whole image. Camera: Canon EOS6d with a Canon EF 8-15 mm F4L fishe eye lens. ISO: 1250, F 4.0, 29s.

Picture 3: persistent train of the Leonid fireball. Camera: Canon EOS6d with a Canon EF 8-15 mm F4L fishe eye lens. ISO: 1250, F 4.0, 29s.



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