The 1998 Leonids were much-hyped locally. The local Astronomy Group of WA was going to hold a large viewing
event at Kingsway Reserve on the night. Unfortunately the weather on this day was terrible with a major storm brewing
(quite uncommon for the November month).
I had organised a day off work and was thinking of a trip up to my cousins farm in the Wheatbelt town of Kalannie to
observe the possible storm. Most of the family got wind of this so there ended up being about 12 of us going up
in three cars. The clouds seem to stop about two hours out of Perth.
We got there about 7pm and setup for a BBQ. The clouds rolled in and there was lighting off to the South and the East. By
about 9pm the storm had moved to the south and we headed out for a paddock to the east of the farm with good views of
the North-east horizon.
We had two telescopes setup - my 8" inch dob and a 4.5" ETX refractor. Most had come prepared for a snooze with sleeping
bags and lazy chairs. The back of a farm ute was even decked out with a matress. The storms continued off to the south while
the faint lights of the busy harvesters sweeped through the paddocks off to the distance. The farmers work through the night
during harvesting time.
At around 2am Leo started to rise over the horizon. We saw a quick flurry of faint meteors and thought this might of been the
start of a storm! But unfortunately the storm never appeared. We were treated to a pleasant meteor shower of around 30-40 meteors
an hour, including several bright ones.
By about 4:30 the sun had started to ruin the sky so we all had a quick snooze again in the paddock. It was getting hot
around 7am so we got up and started the drive back to Perth.
I had my camera running in the paddock hoping to capture some meteors... didnt get any :(