Perseids Meteor shower weekend campout CLEAR SKIES FORCASTED!!!!!

  • August 10, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Please list your arrival time and site location in your rsvp: we have the space, but want to insure that everyone is comfortable with the plan. Let's plan on the guys camping at site 96, gals at site 128.  I have a Noah tarp 16 FT  but its open sides and may be fun for the stargazing.

The next meteor shower is the Perseids on the night of August 10.  CLEAR SKIES FORCASTED!!!!!

The Moon is a thin crescent that rises about three hours before the Sun, so it will provide little interference. At the shower’s peak you might see a few dozen meteors per hour. Site We have a nice campsite along a brook at Dolly Copp.  I've reserved this ($29) and we can split the cost or you get your own site and come over for the evening campfire. red flash lights help you get around but do not interfer with the night sky.

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Dolly_Copp/r/campsiteDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&siteId=12982&parkId=70441

The site has an accessible table and fire ring

Grass site, partly shady, brook behind site, 3 tents or 2 large tents, Hayes Field Loop.

Campground rules is 2 cars per site- we will figure where to park the extra cars.

 

What is a meteor shower?

A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors or "shooting stars" that streak through the night sky.

Most meteor showers are spawned by comets. As a comet orbits the Sun it sheds an icy, dusty debris stream along its orbit. If Earth travels through this stream, we will see a meteor shower. Although the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, if you trace their paths, the meteors in each shower appear to "rain" into the sky from the same region.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation that coincides with this region in the sky, a spot known as the radiant. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is in the constellation Leo. The Perseid meteor shower is so named because meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus.

What are shooting stars?

"Shooting stars" and "falling stars" are both names that describe meteors -- streaks of light across the night sky caused by small bits of interplanetary rock and debris called meteoroids vaporizing high in Earth's upper atmosphere. Traveling at tens of thousands of miles an hour, meteoroids quickly ignite from the searing friction with the atmosphere, 30 to 80 miles above the ground. Almost all are destroyed in this process; the rare few that survive and hit the ground are known as meteorites.

When a meteor appears, it seems to "shoot" quickly across the sky, and its small size and intense brightness might make you think it is a star. If you're lucky enough to spot a meteorite (a meteor that makes it all the way to the ground), and see where it hits, it's easy to think you just saw a star "fall."

How can I best view a meteor shower?

Get away from the glow of city lights and toward the constellation from which the meteors will appear to radiate.

For example, drive north to view the Leonids. Driving south may lead you to darker skies, but the glow will dominate the northern horizon, where Leo rises. Perseid meteors will appear to "rain" into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast around 11 p.m. in mid-August.

After you've escaped the city glow, find a dark, secluded spot where oncoming car headlights will not periodically ruin your sensitive night vision. Look for state or city parks or other safe, dark sites.

Once you have settled at your observing spot, lie back or position yourself so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will instantly grab your attention as they streak by.

How do I know the sky is dark enough to see meteors?

If you can see each star of the Little Dipper, your eyes have "dark adapted," and your chosen site is probably dark enough. Under these conditions, you will see plenty of meteors.

What should I pack for meteor watching?

Treat meteor watching like you would the 4th of July fireworks. Pack comfortable chairs, bug spray, food and drinks, blankets, plus a red-filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. Binoculars are not necessary. Your eyes will do just fine.

 

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  • Karen Washington 4.

    Thanks to everyone for making my first camp out fabulous. I could not have asked for better people to star gaze with. Thanks Diane for setting this up and letting me share tent space. When is the next one?

    August 11, 2013

    • Diane M.

      we can figue it out- you coming over saturday night before the sunday hike?

      August 12, 2013

    • Karen Washington 4.

      Plan to. Figuring out Saturday's trek.

      August 12, 2013

  • John & L.

    hey!!! pictures or it never happened!!
    ;-)

    August 12, 2013

    • Karen Washington 4.

      You already saw my picture ;)

      August 12, 2013

    • Diane M.

      Leaon has the choice few. as for Meteors, we saw them (about 30) in 3 hours if we are looking up- some campers were so busy socializing they just said where??? and of course it was gone in 2 seconds. Lots of food and drinks and gabs- we want to have another campout soon

      August 12, 2013

  • Karen Washington 4.

    Link to Warrior Hike: http://warriorhike.com/
    They should be in the area shortly, if they are not already here.

    The next sunrise drive up the auto road is the 25th. They open at 4:30.

    August 12, 2013

  • Lora F

    Had a great time camping with everyone!

    August 12, 2013

  • Leon

    Fun meetup! Looking forward for another one.

    August 12, 2013

  • Leon

    Was nice camping with you folks! See you next time.

    August 12, 2013

  • Barbara

    Will be arriving around 6.15 pm.

    August 10, 2013

  • Barbara

    Will be arriving around 6.15 pm.

    August 10, 2013

  • Tim

    on second thought, i will have a tent trailer to bring to jefferson, so not sure the parking would work out.

    August 10, 2013

  • Monika

    Not sure I can make it :(

    August 10, 2013

  • Leon

    ...pm.

    August 10, 2013

  • Leon

    I'll be at campground around 4-5.

    August 10, 2013

  • Monika

    Will arrive around 7 or 8

    August 10, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Are we planning on building a camp fire?

    August 9, 2013

  • JC L.

    Looks like clear skies Sat. nite. I'll be hiking King Ravine (maybe Adams if time allows) and may not get to the camp until 6pm. My tent is out on loan, but it looks like a good night to tarp tent! I'll bring morning stuff (coffee, apples, oatmeal).

    August 9, 2013

  • Diane M.

    OK what food are you bringing? I have beer, frankfurters, pepperoni, cheese, (might stop and get a pizza, bread, teapot for coffee, camp stove. PACK FOOD FOR HIKE

    August 7, 2013

    • Diane M.

      I keep fruit & carrots in the car...Saturday night i lt my hair down

      August 8, 2013

    • Lora F

      I will bring hummus and veggies, crackers and kale, spinach dip

      August 9, 2013

  • Leon

    We have to pay $5 fee for each car. I'll have only one car, so you are welcome to park 1 more car at #096.

    August 3, 2013

    • Diane M.

      great Leon you can have 3 tents/8 people- who else is at your site? we should figure this out

      August 3, 2013

    • Richard R.

      I thought it was only 2 tents... :) So I have a two man tent that may be able to fit 3 but it would be snug. I can also sleep outside no problem. Which may be my best bet since I will be hiking Moriah and the Carters Saturday so I will not get to camp until 8ish. I'm guessing I'll need to park my car at the Stony Brook trail-head... ?? ... which means I may need to get some form of ride to the camp sight if possible around that time ...

      August 9, 2013

  • Leon

    ...don't forget your mug.

    August 8, 2013

  • Leon

    Ok, now we should be all set with this set-up. I'll be at the campsite at 2pm. I'll have a propane stove and few extra propane tanks, teapot. Large container of drinking water and plain/black tea enough for everyone. I'll have some cookies and assorted veggies with dressing on a side.

    August 8, 2013

  • Karen Washington 4.

    Wooohooo my first camping experience and I am actually excited.

    August 3, 2013

    • Barbara

      Karen, camping is super fun!

      August 8, 2013

  • Karen Washington 4.

    FYI, there is an event at the Auto Road, so there may be traffic on 16.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you mind if I just sleep outside without a tent? If not rain is forecasted, I don't mind. Do it all of the time on backpacking trips. Either that or I need to bring a tent.. I can't sleep with other people.

    August 7, 2013

    • Diane M.

      you're welcome to share our site- we are allowed a total of 16 at this point with 2 sites

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok, that you! :) I just meant I can't sleep very close to other people lol.. like sharing the inside a tent. I snore and talk in my sleep and it's very embarassing LMAO :)

      August 8, 2013

  • Bert

    I also carry a tarp in my jeep and a space blanket all or witch couls be made in to a tent of sorts, some one bring extera tent stakes and some ropes or par cord

    August 8, 2013

  • Leon

    Hi Bryan,
    Scott and Bert confirmed here earlier so they would be #1 and #2 with tents on site #096. I do not know if they have a multiple-person tents or one person. I have one person tent. But rules are that one site fits 8 people. So we guys have to figure this out... so far we have 6 guys at site #096. Does anyone has a 4 or 6 person tent or willing to sleep outside?
    Lets start with what each guy has for tent and who's willing to sleep without?

    August 7, 2013

    • Diane M.

      my 16 ft tarp tent will insure everyone is covered at my site

      August 8, 2013

    • Bryan C

      I have a 2-person tent that's a bit comfy for 2 people but when I hiked Katahdin, we put 3 straight guys in there together, one of whom was ~200 lbs. I could sleep outside if need be.

      August 8, 2013

  • Bert

    I can sleep in my jeep if you need room.

    August 8, 2013

  • Robert C.

    I wanted to join the group but will not be able to attend the August 10, 11 hike.

    August 7, 2013

    • Diane M.

      love to have you- we are allowed a total of 16 at this point with 2 sites- we will figure it out. If we were backpacking in somewhere we would need to adapt to the camp conditions and unknown- here too

      August 8, 2013

  • Leon

    I just made a reservation site 096. Rules are: total 8 people, 2 tents and 2 cars. You are welcome to join.

    August 3, 2013

    • Bryan C

      Do you still have space for 1 more person? Will you need use of 1 more 2-person tent? I will park my car elsewhere.

      August 7, 2013

  • Bryan C

    I'll probably arrive around 8pm. If there's space, I'd like to share site 96 with Leon and the other guys. I'll have a 2-person tent on hand (slept 3 in it before) - it can be set up if needed and/or if there's space for it. I can share space either in my own tent or in someone else's tent. Not likely to carpool because I'll be doing Isolation with the Northeast Peak Baggers during the day Saturday and then Moriah with this group on Sunday. If anyone else has a similar itinerary then I'm game for a carpool. I live in Salem, NH. (A 9 oz bag of potato chips, 2x 9 oz boxes of oatmeal cookies).

    August 7, 2013

  • Bert

    Will bring couple of bags of chips any one wants (subway?)

    August 7, 2013

  • Lora F

    Can I share a site with someone just tried to book a site but they are no longer taking reservations, have small tent, Leon Diane or any one else that reseverved, let me know.

    August 4, 2013

    • Diane M.

      I have a tarp tent that will house the more hearty campers who don't need walls. Ladies can glamp in my 3 man tent-

      August 7, 2013

  • Bert

    Diane are you couting me as in at yur camp site?

    August 4, 2013

    • Barbara

      Sounds good - thanks. ( I'm sorry that I can't offer to share my tent butI'm a painfully light sleeper.)

      August 5, 2013

    • Diane M.

      that reminds me- bring earplugs- It really helps-pharmacy carries them- and a light knit hat in case its cold.

      August 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    Have a great time! Unfortunately I will not be able to make this one.

    August 6, 2013

  • Leon

    I'll have a propane stove, drinking water and plain/black tea for everyone. So we going to have water for hot beverages, bring your favorite if you like and don't forget your mug.

    August 4, 2013

  • Lora F

    Is there a hike planned for Sunday I would like to hike Moriah, or Carters.

    August 1, 2013

    • Diane M.

      yes we can hike on Sunday, Moriah and carters are right there, and as mentioned, we need to park extra cars somewhere else.

      August 1, 2013

    • Diane M.

      Moriah. 4000K or just hike to the ledges- camper's choice

      August 3, 2013

  • Leon

    Sounds like fun! I'm going..

    August 2, 2013

  • Diane M.

    extra cars can be parked at Stony Brook trailhead. We are allowed 2 cars, my car and 1 other $5 fee collected for 2nd car

    August 1, 2013

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