Perseids 2016 : Further Reports

Additional reports from Aug 11-12

Alastair McBeath (Morpeth) had a lot of cloud interference and rather windy conditions, but in a series of short watches between 2338 and 0137 UT, totalling approx 1.05 hours (LM 6.1-6.2), recorded 47 meteors, 43 of which were Perseids. He also reports seeing a further 24 meteors (21 Perseids, 3 Sporadics) during 51 minutes of casual observing during spells with more cloud cover.

Richard Fleet (Wilcot, Hants) has posted this image, showing a bright Perseid and a satellite.

The Perseid is travelling upwards in the image (showing the distinctive green colour at the start of its path and becoming reddish towards the end as it encounters the denser parts of the atmosphere.

David Scanlan (Romsey, Hants) observed between 2050 and 0020 UT (3h30m, LM 5.0) and got a good view of the enhanced activity, seeing 51 Perseids and 7 sporadics. Of the Perseids, 26 were seen between 2304 and 2340UT, the brightest being a long mag -6 Perseid at 23:12 UT in Cygnus that fragmented and left a train which persisted for 9 seconds

Mike Feist reports carrying out out a series of short watches between 0020 and 0310 UT in skies in which the Double Cluster was visible along with some detail in the Cygnus Milky Way, noting a good number of bright trained Perseids including a particularly bright one in Auriga near the “Kids” which left a long-lasting train which he was able to follow for some time, using his 8×40 monocular, as it twisted and finally faded out.

In a posting to the SPA Forum, “HippyChippy” (near Stroud) reports that the cloud cleared around midnight, In slkies in whic the Double Cluster was easily seen along with a stunning Milky Way, 136 Perseids and 3 sporadics were counted between 12.50 and 3.15 BST when it clouded over again. Many left persistent ionised trains and a few were “really bright fizzers”, one of which seemed to break up and leave two tails.


Reports from Aug 12-13

Cloud seems to have been more widespread than on the previous night, with a weather front moving southwards across the UK, but some observers did get some clear sky.

Bill Ward (Kilwinning) had better luck than the previous night – but only just – as his observations were soon interrupted by cloud and rain.

Bill commented, however

“ONE 15 min window is all it takes …”

….and he was amply rewarded with this image of a double Perseid at 22:34:14 UT …

… followed within a minute with his capture of a spectrum of a bright Perseid in which a considerable amount of detail was visible.


Paul Sutherland reports capturing  images of 19 Perseids and 2 sporadics. Some of the brighter ones are reproduced below. They were taken with a Fujifilm X-M1 camera fitted with a Samyang 12mm/f2 lens, working at ISO 1600. A few meteors finished with a flare-up. One left a persistent train that was recorded in the two following frames. Each frame was exposed for 10-15 seconds only.