Greetings again all,
    Amazingly, it cleared off pretty well for us last night, so Neal, Shadow and Shade Brown and I returned to the trusty east parking lot at Matanzas Inlet (MI) for two remarkably productive hours of 2017 Perseid meteor observing.
    I logged two hours of observations from 10:00 p.m. to midnight and ended up with a total of 34 meteors, with 21 of them being Perseids.  Encroaching clouds and moonlight after 11:30 combined to make us close up shop early.  A total of 6 of the 21 Perseids seen were stunning, spectacular earthgrazers that had Neal and I hooping and hollering, big time!
   By far the very best Perseid of the night came in the second hour.  It was a mind blowing, 70+ degree long, -1 magnitude Perseid “grazer”  that had a distinctly peachy pink coloration to it and left a spreading train behind it.  WOW!  We had it in sight for almost five seconds total as it shot down the summer Milky Way, Cygnus to Ophiuchus.   It was, I believe, the very first PINK colored meteor I have ever, ever seen in forty three years of meteor watching!
Here is my data from the session:

Observed for radiants:

ANT – Anthelions

PER – Perseids

SDA: South delta Aquariids

NDA: North delta Aquariids

CAP – alpha Capricornids

KCG – kappa Cygnids 

August 12/13 2017, observer: Paul Jones, Location: North Bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, Lat: 29.75N, Long: 81.24W (approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida). 

1000 – 1100 EDT (0200- 0300 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks, LM: 6.5, 25% cirrus cloud interference, Facing: east

5 PER: 0, +1, +2, +3(2)

1 ANT: +2,  

4 SPO: +3(3), +4

10 total meteors

 2 of the 5 Perseid meteors were earthgrazers and four of them left trains. Yellow and blue tints were seen in the brighter PERs.


1100 – 1200 EDT (0300- 0400 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks, LM: 6.5, 35% cirrus cloud and moonlight interference, Facing: east

16 PER: -1, 0, +1(3), +2(5), +3(3), +4(3)

1 KCG: +2

1 SDA: +1  

6 SPO: +2(2), +3(3), +4

24 total meteors 

10 of the 16 Perseid meteors left trains and 4 were earthgrazers. The minus one Perseid had a peachy pink color to it and yellow and blue tints were seen in all the other brighter PERs and the KCG.

   The Perseids really picked up nicely during the second hour as their well-known “spurting” effect was noted once again – two or three would be seen in quick succession, followed by lengthy lulls in activity.  That amazing minus one, peachy pink Perseid grazer we saw, stands out as one of the top ten most visually beautiful meteors I have ever seen!