Re: [ASTRO] Mini-Comet or Meteorite... (fwd)

Willie Koorts (
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 11:39:31 +0200 (GMT+0200)

Hi Folks

This was actually a naked eye obsevation.

Here is his reply.


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Willie Koorts <> writes:

>Just one question to help identify this better - it is not clear what 
>intrument you were using since the field of view sounds stange from 
>description of an 11 x 2 degree tail.

Hi Willie,
           I did not use any instruments to get that figure. I used my hand,
because I was just standing waiting for a bus when I saw it. The method I
used was, "but I don't know if you know this" was the one where you hold up
your finger and it counts as 2 degrees and when you hold up a fist it counts
as 10 deg. That's the method I used. 

Clear skies,
Conrad W. Humphrey (Amateur Astronomer)
40deg 43' 45" N   73deg 59' 43" W
New York,  NY