The Orionids meteor shower will peak this month on October 20th, radiating close to the prominent constellation of Orion the hunter.
At Highland latitudes the hunter will rise in the East after 10pm and gain a decent observing altitude around midnight. The radiant for the shower lies just to the left of the hunter and close to the orange supergiant Betelgeuse.
While you wait for shooting stars why not scan below the hunter’s belt with binoculars and marvel at the stunning Orion nebula – one of the best binocular and telescope targets in the night sky.
As ever, you’ll have the best chance of seeing activity if you head to a nice dark site well away from town and city glare.
Be patient, wrap up warm and bring a hot drink to sip while you wait. Good luck and clear skies!