13/08/07 - 00:11:04 CEST - Well it's peak night and while it's dry outside the clouds aren't cooperating. As of now there's 90% cloud coverage. All the equipment (the 2 image-intensified video cameras, the SPOSH, and the Watec) has been set up and now we can but wait... We've seen several bright visual Perseids already and will post images as soon as the capturing process is complete.
01:33:06 CEST - The sky has cleared now enough for us to get a reference stars image for our video cameras, so they are now pointing in the right direction (towards Joe Zender in Schladming) and are waiting for some "juicy" Perseids. The SPOSH camera is ticking away happily. And the Watec system that will fly with Jason Hatton on Peter Jenniskens' Aurigid MAC mission at the end of the month is also operating.
03:04:02 CEST - Well about an hour ago we noticed that VCR recording the feed from our specrtral-video-camera was not on and that that entire system had no power. But we didn't fret... much. Detlef whipped out the soldering iron and multi-meter... a few screws adjusted here, connections measured; unsoldered; resoldered; remeasured, a power box exchanged and now we're back in business. Sky still 80% clear... time for some visual observation. So far 1 hour 45 mins of video camera observations we have 11 Perseids, 5 sporadics, and 1 κ Cygnid and that's with a limiting stellar magnitude of 6.3 and a 15° FOV. The fun continues...
04:26:55 CEST - After 3 hours of clear skies observing we have 19 Perseids, 10 Sporadics and 2 κ Cygnids with our intensified video cameras. There is a high-altitude haze moving in slowly from the south now that make spoil our fun. Orion is climbing up over the eastern horizon and Mars is hanging below The Seven Sisters in all its reddish glory.
11/08/07 - The second night was no better than the first. The sound of the heavy rain meant we didn't even need to venture to the window to check the weather. We spent the night running further tests on our SPOSH camera and double-checking the functionality of the video-camera systems. Better luck tonight... we hope!
10/08/07 - The first night's attempts to setup and test the cameras proved futile as dense cloud and intermittent rain thwarted our valiant efforts.