It became apparent early on that the rates were higher than predicted - maybe 200-300 per hour. As time passed, the rate increased, though not as much as predicted. We saw a couple of 'doubles' where two meteors lit up at exactly the same time and were colinear. I don't know whether this was a statistical fluke or a real effect. However, we didn't see any fireballs which was a bit of a disappointment. In all events, it was well worth getting up and braving the cold.
I tried to take photographs using a Nikon Coolpix 990, but nearly all came out sans meteor, apart from these two (click on them to get a double size image):
Technical info: 12 sec exposure at F2.5, focal length 8.2mm, facing roughly southwest
Technical info: 23 sec exposure at F2.5, focal length 8.2mm, facing roughly southwest
The big photographic problem was that I had the camera on the 'bulb' setting so that I could get longer than 8 second exposures. However, it was difficult to press (and keep pressed) the shutter button while wearing gloves. Nikon's remote control cord is wildly expensive -- so I guess the solution is to control the camera from a laptop. [I wonder if you could build a little infrared based remote control? Hmm..... Actually, like all good iseas, it turns out that someone has already done this. Check out the DigiSnap -- although it is a little more expensive than I had hoped. Maybe just use a laptop, USB cable, and some custom software. However, it appears that to use the 'bulb' setting requires knowing special Nikon opcodes.]
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