Sat in the garden with a cup of coffee watching the Perseids zip across the sky. I saw a couple of dozen - it averaged out at about one per minute. The camera was taking one minute exposures of the whole sky. The best picture I got showed a Perseid shooting down the Milky Way as it emerged from behind a cloud.
The shower is building towards a maximum this evening and forecast is good. I'd like to get another meteor picture without a pesky cloud in the way.
I was torn between leaving the camera taking whole sky pictures and getting a shot of some deepsky object through the telescope. The DSO won and I took about eight 3 minute exposures of the Veil Nebula.
A star detonated here between five and eight thousand years ago. The gaseous wreckage continues to expand into the interstellar medium, carrying heavy elements which might get incorporated into a future generation of star formation and perhaps planets capable of supporting life. The Veil Nebula covers a huge area of the sky; there's a clear 2.5 degrees between the east and west portions of the nebula. That's big enough to fit more than 5 full-moons edge to edge!
The only big DSO left that I want to photograph is the Heart Nebula in Cassiopeia; hopefully I'll get a chance tonight with a clear sky.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.