Even though the clouds are long gone, fog and dew have kept the camera in Tucson from detecting most meteors. Right now I am using an unheated security camera housing for my camera, if dew continues to be a problem it may be time to order a heated enclosure.
We are still between the major Leonid and Geminid showers. Activity from the Geminids should slowly pick up over the next week before kicking into high gear during the 2nd week of December.
Bob Lunsford reports quite a showing from the Puppids/Velids on the night of Nov 30/Dec 1. Here’s more from his notes: “Scattered thin cirrus was present most of the night but it did not interfere with the video camera. An impressive 100 meteors were recorded this night including 7 meteors from the Puppid-Velid shower, a shower better seen from the southern hemisphere. As I drove to work just after shutting down the camera, I ran into a fog bank just west of the house. I was lucky the fog did not extend any further inland. My luck ran out the next two nights as fog has completely obscured the sky during the nighttime hours.”
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT MON PHO PUP TUS 2008-12-01 12h 04m 14 12 1 1 0 0 SDG 2008-12-01 11h 59m 100 79 6 8 0 7 TUS 2008-11-30 09h 15m 5 4 1 0 0 SDG 2008-11-30 11h 10m 32 29 3 0 0
TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
SDG – Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
TotTime – Total amount of time each camera looked for meteors
TOT – Total number of meteors detected
SPO – Sporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions
MON – December Monocerotids
PHO – December Phoenicids
PUP – Puppids/Velids complex