Camelopardalids: A new meteor shower from comet 209P/LINEAR.
Geege Schuman stashed this in Astrophysics
5) Telescope? Nope. Camera? Maybe.
Speaking of which … TV shows and movies always depict people looking through telescopes during meteor showers, but that’s a terrible idea. Meteors zip across the whole sky, and you’ll miss them if you’re hunched over a telescope eyepiece! You’re best instrument is your eyes. Just look up. Having said that, I do bring binoculars with me, so I can scan the sky every now and again. But bear in mind you’ll inevitably miss part of the show if you do.
However, if you have a decent camera, you can get some fun pictures of the event. I found lots of tutorials online on how to get good shots. But again, like with a 'scope, if you spend your time outside fussing over the equipment you'll miss actually experiencing the shower! I love a good photo, but don't sacrifice the night fooling around trying to get one when the show is going on over your head.
This is a great tip. No telescopes!
1) Wide Open and Dark Skies
The radiant point for this new shower is in the constellation of Camelopardalis(the giraffe), so this new shower is called the Camelopardalids, which is just as hard to spell as it is to pronounce. The constellation is very near the north pole of the sky, near Polaris. If you face north, just after sunset it’ll be just to the left of Polaris, and will swing down under it over the next few hours.
But you don’t have to face that way to see the show. In fact, the meteors will be streaking across all parts of the sky, so what you really want is a wide, open space where you can lie back and see as much cosmic real estate as possible. The more sky you can see, the more meteors you can see.
I did not know there is a giraffe constellation! Cool.
Good video clip about the shower. I still can't figure out which direction to look, the video says look towards the giraffe constellation, I am not familiar with this, so don't have a clue!
OK, reading above, I found some more clues:
"If you face north, just after sunset it’ll be just to the left of Polaris, and will swing down under it over the next few hours."
This could be a perfect viewing location, as we are on the South end of a 22 mile long lake.
An image here shows what you should see if you're facing north: