We live in a metropolitan area that suffers from light pollution. It is sad to me that my girls have few opportunities to see the full glory of a night sky. The Perseid Meteor Shower was to peak during our stay on the Cape, so even though it was a bit early in the night, we headed to the beach to gaze upwards. My brother loaned us his night vision monocular and gave us a lesson on its use.
Holy moly. It made the sky come alive. Meteors were visible with night vision that were invisible with the naked eye.
We were too early to experience the expected 100 meteors per hour, but we each saw several. For the girls, it was their first time seeing a shooting star. That was pretty magical.