Monday, June 12, 2017

Eta Aquarids - 2017

As luck would have it, the first two nights I was back in Northlandia coincided with the annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower.  I juiced up the camera battery, put the tripod in the back of the truck, threw on some warm clothes and headed out to a spot near the Grind that is a favorite of mine.  It is a lone roadway to a circular cul-de-sac that exists to 1) either be a lane for future businesses or 2) a landing pad for UFO's.  

As I was setting up and relearning my settings for nightime pictures I saw a couple nicely brilliant meteors to the south.  I pointed the camera there and for the next hour and a half I took 60 second pictures hoping for the best.

Sadly, hoping doesn't make for great pictures with falling stars streaming from the heavens.   These are the only pictures worth even a glance.  A perfect Monday morning mess of Meh.  Nothing here to look at, folks, so keep moving on.     

Three points before I let you go to conquer whatever you will conquer today.  (After you conquer your oatmeal.)

One, I was able to work one of the functions of the camera that allowed me to set it up and the camera would automatically snap pics by itself every 30 seconds thus allowing me to walk aimlessly enjoying the evening sky and watching for meteors or landing UFO's. 

Secondly, I was colder than Hell to coin an awkward metaphor.  In fact I was cold most of the time I was up there, which was just fine with me.  Loved it.  I slept with the electric blanket on most nights and reveled in the toasty coziness of it all. 

I'll close this worthless post with a bit of a teaser.  While back in Northlandia and savoring the wonderful unmolested night sky I had a couple outings that, in my humble estimation, are quite fascinating and beautiful Milky Way pictures.   You will get them soon, and if your subscription is about to lapse, you will want to re-subscribe so as not to miss these gems. 

Now, go conquer! 

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