Yes, a few dedicated

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Bill Ward

Yes, a few dedicated observers would use binoculars or even small telescopes in an attempt to get the best possible observations. I’ve caught a few meteors by chance through a small scope and it is quite a sight, I don’t know of anyone who does it now regularly as the technology has eclipsed the telescopic method. That was one reason I though it would be an interesting experiment, just to see how it would compare.

The software is UFO Capture, just as with wider field observing and if desired the files can be ran through UFO Analyser and UFO Orbit to determine orbits for shower id.

Magnitude wise I estimate +4 to +6 with the lenses I use. These magnitudes are where visual observations begin to become difficult if not impossible under suburban skies.  The short track length also makes them difficult to pick up visually.