Date Time: December 14, 2017 0310-0356hrs
Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy, gusting winds moving to just north of east, -10C.
Equipment: Canon Rebel DSLR with 18-55mm lens on tripod.
Objective: To observe as many Geminid meteors as possible during peak hour for this shower, which was reported to be between 0300-0400hrs on this morning.
Report: Very dark skies with no Moon showing at this time. Clouds were a factor, covering one part of the sky then another, but moved on quickly, and they were partially see-through. No dew issue with camera, took many pictures. Captured four geminids in four separate images.
Geminids came in bursts of two or three at a time and at one time the sky seemed to full of them, around 0340hrs. Counted 32 Geminids with only 1 Sporadic. Geminids were mostly quite bright, blue/white moving medium speed and medium brightness. A few fainter ones, and two very bright ones. One very very long and bright and left a smoke trail, to the right of Polaris. Most observed were in the northern sky, between Ursa Major and Cassiopeia.
Seemed, on average, there was about 1 Geminid/min. Best meteor shower I've seen in since the early 90s.
|Geminid streaking past Polaris.|
|Facing southwest with Orion behind the big tree.|