July 27/28, 2016 Observer: Paul Jones, Location: North Bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, Lat: 29.75N, Log: 81.24W (approximately 18 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida).
0137 – 0237 EDT (0537 – 0637 UT) Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks, LM: 6.9, Clear, except for some very slight haze near the horizons
15 SDA: 0, +1(2) +2(3), +3(5), +4(3), +5
6 PER: 0(2), +1(2). +2, +3
4 CAP: -2, 0, +2, +4
7 SPO: +2, +3, +4(3), +5(2)
32 total meteors
14 of the 32 meteors left trains (all the PERs did and most of the brighter SDAs and CAPs did as well), a couple of the PERs were bluish and a couple were yellowish, as were the two bright CAPs. One PER train hung on the sky for over four seconds.
As you can see from the data, I saw almost three times the number of meteors in the hour at Matanzas Inlet than I did in the hour from Butler Beach! Aside from slightly fewer clouds, the much darker Limiting Magnitude at Matanzas was the main reason. It was an amazing verification that darker skies make a world of difference, and only ten miles apart!
The SDAs were popping everywhere down at Matanzas, I had two about five seconds apart at the start of the hour and a case of two simultaneous SDAs later on! The zero mag SDA was a gorgeous vivid yellow with a nice train.
I saw the 0 mag CAP and then the -2 CAP along the SW horizon about five minutes apart. Both were bright yellow and left nice trains. The PERs really picked up nicely, shooting swift darts out in all directions and almost every one I saw was bright and left a train. LOVE those PERs, we are in for one great show from them next month!!!
A little after 3:00 a.m., Jeff showed up and we enjoyed a nice long visit yakking about every topic in amateur astronomy and meteorology wee could think of while Jeff worked on is very interesting telescopic asterism- naming project. The clouds began to take over again after 4:00 a.m., so I bade Jeff adieu out of exhaustion, but we will be out there again tonight for sure!