Although virtually no cloud or precipitation, unfortunately our observing was badly affected by severe light polluition from the mamy hotels, globe lights, cars, scooters and poorly screened street lights.
The hotel came to the rescue allowing Rhys and I to observe from the normally locked roof terrace. Although a lot darker there than elsewhere the Milky Way was only just visible around Cygnus and I had great difficulty finding Hercules due to the light pollution.
Over about an hour around midnight 12-13/8/2018, Rhys observed three meteors and I saw one.
So we managed to observe some but certainly it was not spectacular.
Jupiter was incredibly bright- see photo below together with enlargement of the planet – this is 8x digital zoom on my Samsung S7 smartphone.
Jupiter over Sorrento:
View across Bay of Naples as we attempted to observe meteors earlier in evening:
So far i have not been able to find any details of a local astronomy group, possibly because everything on Google is in Italian and I don’t know what to search for or maybe because the local astronomers hold their meetings in here and consequently are not in a fit state to go ouside observing afterwards…..
We came across several shops like this in Sorrento.
Like the famous Biblical Star over Bethlehem, this star shone over Sorrento, Italy, as the family and i went for a walk after our evening meal (three courses – lasagne, octopus on bed of maize, fruit and tiramisu – sounds strange combination but was delicious).
The star is of course Benus, at its brightness very near 50% phase.
Ean Ean, Rhys, Hannah and I have just arrived in Naples, on our way to Sorrento. Only got small pair binoculars but at least tonight’s main event only requires the naked eye – the Perseid meteor shower…..and look at the forecast here (see screenshot from clearoutside.com below)! 0% rain probability (although i did capture the shot of a large cloud over Vesuvius on the way from Naples to Sorrento).
Even Ean Ean says she would like to take a walk later this evening and see if she csn onserve some meteors – although local light pollution levels are bound to make big difference to what we can see.
Mount Vesuvius on the way to Sorrento from the airport – still actove volcano!
Following on from Andy’s earlier post from today (Darwin Walk and Biolam microscope)….
Lichfield Cathedral in the background…
3 hrs in…looking forward to lunch at Mable’s Cafe… Tweedledee and Tweedledumb taking a short break…(I’m not saying which, is which !)
Andy back at ours checking out my cheek cells ! You can see the photos he has just taken through the eye lens still on his phone…
My picture taken with an iPhone6 held up to the 10x eyepiece and 10x objective (plus 1.5x binoviewer).