Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Off-Topic > The Lounge
Register Now
 Register Now
 


Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-12-2010, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,055

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.34 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,701
Thanked 6,509 Times in 3,372 Posts
Perseid meteor shower tonight - already saw a good one



Look north-east now, overhead later in the evening.

I've already spotted four without trying too hard, and one of them was really good (bright, lasted a long time & looked like it was sputtering/sparkling as it went).

The peak is supposed to be around 4 AM EST, I think. Just before dawn.

Perseids - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

EDIT: apparently best viewed in the northern hemisphere. With apologies to Aussie & Kiwi members (& others)!

__________________
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 08-12-2010, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
Left Lane Ecodriver
 
RobertSmalls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Posts: 2,257

Prius C - '12 Toyota Prius C
Thanks: 79
Thanked 284 Times in 197 Posts
Living closer to the city may mean shorter drives for me, but it complicates amateur astronomy somewhat. I guess I could drive out to the country if it's too bright here. But it's still a couple hours to astronomical twilight here.

Handy link: Sunrise, Sunset Calendars and Local Time
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 10:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
robbiewt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boo Town, MD
Posts: 129

Yaris? - '08 Toyota Yaris LB
Team Toyota
90 day: 41.87 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via AIM to robbiewt
It's quite cloudy here right now. I'll check again before bed. Luckily I got to experience a different kind of light show this morning (also known as massive thunder storm).

Last fall I was able to see a good show from the Leonids. Here is wikipedia's timeline of other notable meteor showers: Meteor shower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2010, 05:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
aero guerrilla
 
Piwoslaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 3,538

Svietlana II - '13 Peugeot 308SW e-HDI 6sp
90 day: 58.1 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,056
Thanked 630 Times in 396 Posts
Today the Wife and I plan to take our new 130mm telescope to the fields far from the city, hopefully we'll see a few meteors while we're there. I'm just getting into astrophotography, but if any pictures come out at least half-decent then I'll post 'em
__________________
e·co·mod·ding: the art of turning vehicles into what they should be

What matters is where you're going, not how fast.

"... we humans tend to screw up everything that's good enough as it is...or everything that we're attracted to, we love to go and defile it." - Chris Cornell

Piwoslaw's Peugeot 307sw modding thread

  Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2010, 11:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,055

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.34 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,701
Thanked 6,509 Times in 3,372 Posts
Please do!

The best one I saw was the one I caught before Post 1.

I went out for about 30 mins after I posted, and saw:

7 meteors
6 airplanes
3 birds
2 satellites
1 bat
(and a partridge in a pear tree!)

Got up again at 4 AM for the supposed peak, but it clouded over within a few minutes (though I saw 3 before that).

Robbie: I missed the last Leonids.
__________________
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2010, 04:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
roflwaffle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,490

Camryaro - '92 Toyota Camry LE V6
90 day: 31.12 mpg (US)

Red - '00 Honda Insight

Prius - '05 Toyota Prius

3 - '18 Tesla Model 3
90 day: 152.47 mpg (US)
Thanks: 349
Thanked 120 Times in 79 Posts
I saw a bunch in the California high desert, mostly smal ones out of the corner of my eye, but a few big ones too. It's a shame there's so much light pollution from Palm Springs and San Bernardino, really makes the case for LED street lighting.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2010, 01:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
aero guerrilla
 
Piwoslaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 3,538

Svietlana II - '13 Peugeot 308SW e-HDI 6sp
90 day: 58.1 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,056
Thanked 630 Times in 396 Posts
Dumb clouds!

So we were supposed to go at 9pm, but at 8:30 the sky was completely overcast, so we called it off. And then each time I looked out outside after 9 the sky was clear! All the way until morning! Lost chance, today we're going to a party, while Sunday and the rest of week is out of the question since we have to get up at 5:50 the next morning No luck.

But to cheer you up I'll post a picture I took through the telescope in the beginning of June. It's my best picture so far, though I admit I haven't had time to work on perfecting my skills. There is lots of light pollution, since the picture was taken from the roof of our house around 3am, just before sunrise.



Even though this was a relatively short exposure (5 or 10 seconds), the magnification was large enough to register movement. I have yet to find the optimum settings.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	jupi_uran1.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	110.0 KB
ID:	6581  
__________________
e·co·mod·ding: the art of turning vehicles into what they should be

What matters is where you're going, not how fast.

"... we humans tend to screw up everything that's good enough as it is...or everything that we're attracted to, we love to go and defile it." - Chris Cornell

Piwoslaw's Peugeot 307sw modding thread


Last edited by Piwoslaw; 08-14-2010 at 01:11 AM..
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Piwoslaw For This Useful Post:
dcb (08-22-2010)
Old 08-22-2010, 08:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
Do more with less
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Eastern Missouri
Posts: 916

OD - '05 Ford Econoline
90 day: 18.64 mpg (US)

Joetta - '86 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Oil Burner
TEAM VW AUDI Group
90 day: 49.71 mpg (US)

Benzilla - '85 Mercedes Benz 300D
90 day: 28.08 mpg (US)
Thanks: 59
Thanked 167 Times in 105 Posts
I know I am late posting but we layed in the back yard on a blanket. Nearest neighbor was a half mile away.

Saw about a dozen before I woke up in the early morning headed for bed.

We were at our "office" location during the week and didn't make it home that weekend.

I took a course in observational astronomy whilst in undergrad school. I know enough to be almost dangerous. Moon is up tonight.

__________________
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
Richard M. Nixon


"The reward of suffering is experience."
Harry S. Truman

“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
Ayn Rand
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WAI on Civic NOT good - Free WAI GOOD :) swoody Success Stories 18 06-26-2010 10:35 AM
Good take on things (long) Daox General Efficiency Discussion 8 08-30-2008 04:11 PM
good supplier for cloroplast/corugated-plastic in the UK modmonster EcoModding Central 0 08-28-2008 06:02 PM
Ecomodding Gets A Good Review, YAY! metroschultz Forum News & Feedback 14 06-24-2008 09:21 PM
The Bad with the Good Lazarus The Lounge 1 01-31-2008 12:30 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com