August 19/20 to 22/23 Meteors

Nightly meteor rates have been all over the place the past 4 nights. This has nothing to do with the actual rate of meteors and everything to do with the variable clouds plaguing Tucson every night. The monsoon is still in full force even if it never really rains here in town.

Even though we are a week and a half past the Perseid maximum, my cameras are still picking up a handful of  these meteors nearly every night.

I don’t turn on my near all-sky camera every night. The reason is I’m not comfortable operating it in the rain due to some of my “not exactly all-weather” extension cords. So if it’s raining or threatening to rain that night, I leave it off.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT PER SDA AUD
SAL3 2010-08-23   05h 31m   25  17  3   4   1   0
ALLS 2010-08-23   08h 35m   6   4   0   2   0   -
SAL3 2010-08-22   04h 10m   17  15  2   0   0   0
ALLS 2010-08-22   00h 00m   Not in Operation
SAL3 2010-08-21   01h 23m   2   1   1   0   0   0
ALLS 2010-08-21   00h 0mm   Not in Operation
SAL3 2010-08-20   05h 15m   16  10  1   3   2   0
ALLS 2010-08-20   09h 22m   7   4   0   2   1   0

SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
SDG - Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
Time - 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
PER - Perseids
SDA - Southern Delta Aquariids
AUD - August Draconids