Just walked in from another morning with my binos. The Perseids did well by me this AM. I was slovenly laying in bed until 4:30 but got outside by 4:45 to find that elusive rarity of a cloudless sky and a very still atmosphere. If I had to guess, I'd mark seeing down as "excellent" with transparency as "very good". A rare night indeed as even the mosquitos were still asleep and were no bother at all for a change.
Since it was still early enough that morning twilight hadn't kicked in, I walked around back to my patio and dropped into a metal rocker, propped my feet up on a small metal end table and just kicked back to enjoy the show. Perseus was not yet at the meridian so I felt like I was well timed. As I was settling in I scanned about a bit with the binos for the usual suspects. M31 was a fine view this morning so I was lingering there trying my averted vision to see how much of this huge target I could see. Quite a lot actually. It visually drove home the point of why I can never get anywhere near all of it in the field of view of my telescope, Then POW! right across my bino view was Perseid number 1 for the morning.
Setting the binos down for a bit, I just let my eyes wander around for another 5-10 minutes during which I picked up 2 or 3 more streakers. So far so good.
For the next 25-30 minutes or so, I alternated a bit of spotting targets like the Double Cluster, the Pleiades, the Hyades, M42 in Orion, (which was another great view by the way), Jupiter and 3 of the Jovian moons, and even Mars. All for short visits so I could keep my naked eye "wide field" scan in action. During this time I managed to bag a total of 17 Perseids, two of which were very bright and long. As a little icing on the cake I even followed a satellite fly-by with the binos until it hit my tree line to the south.
By 5:50, dawn was getting so near that most of the stars were fading out of sight with only the very brightest remaining. So, my dear astro-friends, I strolled back in to the house to immediately sit down to my computer to share this fine morning with you.
Denham Springs, Louisiana USA
"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan
Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars