2004 Perseid Meteor Gallery
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Summary: The 2004 Perseid meteor shower peaked on August 11th and 12. Sky watchers saw plenty of Earthgrazers and a lovely pre-dawn conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Dale Ireland,
Silverdale Washington
Aug. 12
#1, #2

Two bright Perseid meteors taken with a Nikon D70 at ISO1600, 30 second exposures. 8mm lens and 24mm lens. Dale Ireland

Jimmy Westlake,
Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, CO
Aug. 12
#1

I was fiddling with my telescope taking a piggyback photo with my Fuji Finepix S2 digital camera when everything around me was illuminated as if by a spotlight, casting strong shadows. I wheeled around and looked overhead to see the magnificent glowing trail of the fireball that had caused the blast of light. Unlike the trains of most of the smaller meteors that night, this one persisted for many minutes. I stopped the exposure I was in the process of taking and quickly turned my 300mm f2.8 lens on the ghostly apparition that was changing shape as I watched. I took this 30 second guided exposure at 2:15:30 AM MDT. This was the single brightest meteor of the night from my location.

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Stan Nelson,
monitoring the Naval Space Surveillance Radar from Roswell, New Mexico
Aug. 11
#1

This is a radar echo from a Perseid meteor recorded by the Naval Space Surveillance Radar in Kickapoo, Texas.

Riccardo Di Nasso,
Collesalvetti , Pisa (Italy)
Aug. 12
#1, #2

I waithing many time a brillant Perseid meteor for 2 days. but tonight is right! I used two digital camera. One Coolpix 5400 with fisheye lents ( 400 iso, 25 sec) other it's a new D70 with 20 mm 2.8 (at 800 iso and 19 sec. for exposition) This year the zone of perseid it's to much large of past. I waiting a peak late in the night and i'am lucky! there are a brillant yellow white!

Stefan Seip,
Observatory Hoefingen, near Stuttgart, Germany
Aug. 11
#1, more

Last night (Aug 11-12th, 2004) the Perseid maximum, predicted by Esko Lyytinen (Finnland), occurs. Many meteors were visible between 9:00pm and 11:00pm. The most of them were not very bright, but Ive captured some in the image attachted. One was a 'Fireball', shone in green light and its brightness was about -5 mag. The image was captured at 8:24pm, August 11th, 2004 at the 'Observatory Hoefingen, near Stuttgart, Germany'. The dome of the observatory is visible in the image. I used a 7.5mm f/4.5 fisheye lens for a 360/180 all-sky-view and a CCD camera. The image is cropped (about the half). It was a sandwich of two 2-minute exposures and the camera was tracked to the stars. Its a view to the north. On the left side the Big Dipper is visible. Above the dome is Polaris. And on the right side, above the meteor, Cassiopeia dominates the sky.

Tom Warner,
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
Aug. 12
#1, more

Black and white video: Astrovid Stellacam EX with 3.0 mm f/1.0 lens. Green video: US Night Vision monocular attached to Sony PC110 miniDV video camera.

Sherry Buttnor,
Metchosin BC Canada
Aug. 12
#1

Obliging Perseid meteor in Cygnus. Single unprocessed, guided exposure on Kodak MAX 400.

Francisco A. Rodriguez Ramirez, Ayacata, Canary Islands
Aug. 11
#1, more

Camera Canon EOS 300D O: 18mm f/3.5 . 1600 iso; 12/08/2004 04:30 TU

Edgar,
Chabot Space Center, Oakland California
Aug. 13
#1

Canon 10D, F4, ISO 800, 30Sec

Achim Schaller,
Schauinsland Obervatory, Black Forest, Germany
Aug. 12
#1, more

How many Perseids can you find in this image? Canon 10D with 16mm Zenithar fish-eye at 2.8 ISO 1600 5 images blended

Lembit Kurik,
Kohila (25 km from Tallinn), Estonia
Aug. 12
#1

Canon PowerShot A80,15s exposure, ISO 100, at 21:31:04 11 August 2004 UT (12 August at 00:31:04 local time).

Achim Sucker,
Location: Hildesheim, Germany
Aug. 11
#1, #2, #3, #4

Images taken 11.8.04 21-22UT with Watek Astro Camera - 10sec integration time - in Constellation Cassiopeia. The last picture is an Irdium Flare with -2m taken 11.8. 21:54UT. I took nearly 900 pictures in 2.5 hours to get these 3 Perseids. Overall visually we (3 observers) saw 65 Perseids between 21-22UT, overall in 2h 104.


more images: from Anthony Arrigo of Park City, Utah; from Milan Karakas of Vinkovci, Croatia; from Thorsten Eschweiler of Geilenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany; from Marko Korosec of Zirje, Slovenia; from Vic and Jen Winter at the Icstars Ranch north of Warrensburg, Missouri ("In this photo, a Perseid meteor streaks by the Great Square of Pegasus, which is almost filled by a lone cloud," says Winter.); from Robert T. Smith of Stoneville, North Carolina; from Jorma Koski of Sondby, Porvoo, Finland; from Les Marczi of Welland Ontario, Canada;

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