Re: Clouds!

Robin R. Wier (
Fri, 24 Dec 1999 20:21:32 -0600

	For 3 or 4 days I have tried to view STS/HST with my 8" SCT (unguided).
Not even 1x was visible for me in Phoenix, AZ.
	Tonight was completely different! Acquired object in 8X spotter very
low (10 +/- degrees above the horizon). I was able to acquire and to
track the object for almost four minutes at 154X. Three losses of
acquisition were rapidly reacquired using the spotter.
	That's the good news. The bad news? I was not able to discern any
shape, other than circular, to the object I was following. It looked a
lot like Mars, both in color and in angular diameter. Of course it was
not holding still, jumping all around the field of view. 
	Maybe I will be able to do better on MIR, when it presents a suitable
A very merry Christmas and an overpowering happy new year to anyone who
might read these words.

Robert Reeves wrote:
> I was quite anxious to see if the STS/HST stack being rolled about
> 45 degrees today compared to the previous two days would make
> it any brighter, but alas, total clouds here in San Antonio.  I will not
> even be able to do any obs of sleigh and reindeer at 00:00 hours
> local time.
> Merry Christmas to all those on See-Sat-L around the world.
> Robert Reeves  
> 520 Rittiman Rd.
> San Antonio, TX          210-828-9036
> 78209   U.S.A.            29.484N  98.440W  200 meters
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