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The Taurids should be visible wherever you are, but for people at far northern latitudes there won't be quite as many since the Taurid radiant (where
meteors appear to radiate out from) does not climb as high above the horizon.
If you live in a suburb/city, don't let that put you off - some Taurids are bound to be faint and you'll miss those, but in swarm years there should
be a good smattering of bright Taurids that should easily be visible from even the worst light polluted areas. Of course, if you can get away from the
lights of your town/city, do so, as you will see more meteors and have a better experience overall. If you want to try and photograph them it's even
more important to get away from light pollution, although you can still do so if you get a very clear sky and don't mind a bit of light pollution
showing up in your shots.
The trick with meteor observing (especially for those living in more northerly locations), is to keep yourself warm. I like to put on a few layers of
cloths and then jump into a sleeping bag.
You'll also want to lie down flat so that your angle of view takes in as much sky area of possible.
Try and avoid obstructions like trees and buildings that block your view. I use a reclining sun-lounger that also gives me a bit more elevation so
even more sky is visible. Pick a spot where you have the best all round sky view possible, and try to keep any artificial lights out of your vision.
Something to eat or drink is also a good idea, especially when you start to feel a bit drowsy, it can perk you up a bit.
Patience (and/or a bit of luck) will also help - the random nature and unpredictability of meteors often means lulls in activity. If you can ride out
the lulls, then your patience is usually rewarded in my experience. If you can get out for a couple of nights in a row, that will dramatically
increase your chances of seeing something special.
Remember - there are also many other minor meteor showers active at this time of year, so not all meteors you see will be Taurids. In fact, Taurids
are likely to be the minority of meteors you will see, which is a good thing in some respects, since they help pass the time in between Taurids.
PS. No optical aids are needed for observing meteors - you want as wide a field of view as possible, or you risk missing meteors. Having said that,
there are people who observe telescopically for meteors - meteors which would otherwise be difficult to observe with the naked eye, but with a bright
shower like the Taurids you'd be better off with the naked eye.
On some occasions, if you are lucky, a bright meteor will leave a "persistent train" in the sky which can be interesting to observe through binocs,
so I suppose they are worth dusting off just in case
Here are a few recent example photos of trains from this year's Orionids from spaceweather.com :
You can see how a train evolves in this sequence:
It has to be said though, it's usually faster meteors like Leonids, Perseids and Orionids that tend to produce trains, so do not be surprised to not
see any from Taurids, although they often leave a nice "wake" instead.