Obs. 1 and 2 December

Thu, 2 Dec 1999 23:18:45 EST

1 December:
Observed Tiros 1 (00029) from 22:31 to 22:34 UTC at about 6.5-7.0 mag.  
Conditions for observation were exception for my location.  The pass reached 
a 75 deg elevation as it traveled SW->NE.   Usually I'm lucky to observe this 
object for a few seconds.

OISMR (Obligatory "I Saw Mir" Report)
The Mir reached a solid -2.5 mag as it passed nearly directly overhead at 
23:12:30 traveling NW->SE.

2 December 

The Mir reached a maximum brightness of +1.5 as it passes R->L in the SW 
about 30 deg above the horizon.

Telescope UNID:
I suppose that I can expect more of this.  At 23:43:23 UTC, while attempting 
to observe the Ring Nebula I observed an object traveling through my FOV.  It 
was fairly easy to ID it as Okean 1-7 Rk (23318).  

Question: I am looking to increase my FOV in order to make Sat Obs using my 
6" DOB less of a challenge.  Any suggestions as to an eyepiece that will aid 
this?  I'm thinking that a 40mm Plossl will suffice but I'm lost when it 
comes to the various designs and variations in the apparent FOV.  Please 
e-mail any responses to this directly to me.

Thanks to Mark Hanning-Lee for the post on the Nova.  I managed to observe it 
before it went below the horizon.

Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/

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