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¤·····Subject: Uranus images, 31th august 2013

Received; 31 August 2013 at 21:16 JST


Hi all,
An RGB image of Uranus taken this morning. There is possible brightening
on the N pole in red, to be confirmed (or not)

Best wishes,


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)



¤·····Subject: Perseid Meteor Shower

Received; 28 August 2013 at 09:11 JST


I have just uploaded a video of the Perseid Meteor showers from my 2-night vigil (August 11 & 12) on a rock ledge in Fall creek Falls State Park (TN).

Through the magic of time lapse video, you can enjoy 15 hours of the meteor shower peak in about 4 minutes without all the physical discomfort, encounters with nocturnal wildlife and threats of lightning strikes.

Of course you do miss some of the intrinsic adrenaline accelerators as well. There is nothing quite like encountering a rattlesnake in the deep pitch black forest on a steep rocky trail at 3 AM.

It was a spectacular location to experience earth’s perennial encounter with the debris left from comet Swift-Tuttle.


I shot with three canon cameras (5D MkII, 7D, 60Da) from fixed tripods and a Dynamic Perceptions Stage One dolly slider. Segments detailing the park and shoot were included to give background and perspective.

I hope you enjoy!

The video can be viewed here:


It is formatted for all mobile devices, but the small screen of a smart phone does not reveal the subtleties of the night sky shots and fainter meteors zipping by. It was rendered at 1080p, but defaults to 720 to accommodate those with bandwidth challenges.

If you have a larger screen and good bandwidth, right click and select “turn HD on” and turn up the sound to experience it fully.


Charlie WARREN (Amateur Astronomy Magazine)




¤·····Subject: Venus images - 10 august 2013

Received; 25 August 2013 at 22:32 JST


Hi all,
Here are some images taken at the 620 mm cassegrain of Astroqueyras observatory in
France in full daylight.
I have two series of images taken in both UV and IR, unfortunately seeing was not good.


IR rotation animation (not really good but it moves ;) )

I tried to calculate the speed of rotation in IR and I find 4,9 days on only one detail of the last 3 frames.




Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)



¤·····Subject: Re: From MINAMI

Received; 23 August 2013 at 07:37 JST


Dear Masatsugu,
   I am glad to hear that you have been so productive and busy, and hope
your health remains strong.
   I am very sad to hear of Murayama's death.  I don't recall whether I had
the chance to meet him when I was in
Japan in 2004--I checked the NOTO book
where I had all the Japanese signatures, hoping to find it, but it was not
there. Do you remember? Our friend Nakajima is quite remarkably active for
having had recent illness--I do not believe I could walk 60 minutes a day.
   Re-reading the inscriptions from many friends made me miss Japan.  I hope
I may visit again some day.  I suppose that
Japan must feel somewhat
different these days than when I was there.  I loved
Nagasaki, and found
utterly unforgettable the grand journey across the Japanese Alps to Noto,
with you and Asada.  I am glad that I have written many notes about this.
   ***I have been doing well.  I had some health problems addressed earlier
in the year--the atrial fibrillation was successfully corrected by the
procedure I had done in February.  I am now back in normal sinus rhythm.  I
left my position working with autistic children at end of June, and devoted
the time since then (between jobs) to finishing work on a Galaxies book and
caring for a new puppy. Now I am back to working fulltime again.
   I am hoping to write a proposal for a new Mars book for
University of
Arizona Press
--basically one that will replace those I published in 1996 and
2001.  So this will take some time.  They want academic reviewers,so if you
would be willing to review the proposal that would mean much.  Brad Smith
and Jim Bell have so far agreed.
   I am also working on bringing out (through Springer) an English
translation of Flammarion's La Planete Mars, and have to revise and edit a
book on eclipses, transits and occultations with John Westfall.
   So perhaps I can write something for the next issue on the question of
what I should write in the Mars book about Japanese observers, amateur
astronomers and the like?



Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)




¤·····Subject: Uranus images, 16 august 2013

Received; 19 August 2013 at 06:34 JST


Hi all,

Here are some new Uranus images. The equatorial belt and the north pole brightening are better caught this time, with the Baader RG610. The IR685 does not work as good for me but this is surely because of the diameter of my scope.

PS sorry for the missing links of the other time (Frank and all). You can access the images on the PVOL website (or ALPO Japan), and Planètes-SAF shortly certainly.
Best wishes,


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)



¤·····Subject: Jupiter images, 15 and 16 august 2013

Received; 19 August 2013 at 04:59 JST


Hi all,

Here are some first Jupiter images - seeing was poor each time.
15 (with BA):


16 (with GRS):

Best wishes,

Images have been deposited in my JUNO Dropbox as well.


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)



¤·····Subject: Solar Images 14-Aug-2013

Received; 18 August 2013 at 22:17 JST


Hi Guys

Some awesome activity on the 14th, the large prominence looks like a couple of battling fiery aliens. There is a small flare in progress on the extreme left of the frame in the 08:44 image.






All Images 90mm Coro' single stk and my repaired Flea 3 mono.


Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE




¤·····Subject: Mars - August 17, 2013

Received; 18 August 2013 at 03:00 JST




This image was captured in poor seeing.  I only used 5% of the 30000 captured frames for this one.












¤·····Subject: Solar images 8-Aug-2013

Received; 17 August 2013 at 20:37 JST


Hi Guys here are some shots of the activity up there on the 8th. The big filament is worthy of note. The twist in its structure presents a nice 3D appearance.




Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: Uranus image 13 August 2013

Received; 14 August 2013 at 10:47 JST


Hi all,
Back at home with the 250 mm, here is a RG 610 image of Uranus from last night. Good seeing but not excellent.
The aspect of the planet may have changed since last year, a brighter N pÃ
´le and a fainter equatorial belt.


Best wishes,


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)




¤·····Subject: Uranus and Neptune with T620 Astroqueyras 4, 5, 6 August 2013

Received; 14 August 2013 at 10:10 JST


Hi all,
Here are some images taken with the T620 mm of the Astroqueyras observatory in France, where I have passed one week this month. We had a few very good nights.
Apart of correctly shaped color images of the planets (where Uranus was observed to be light green and not blue at all), we got :

- The brightening of the north pole of Uranus in R+IR




- The brightening of the south pole of Neptune in IR and R+IR, like the Pic du Midi images




Best wishes,


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)



¤·····Subject: Mars - August 11, 2013

Received; 12 August 2013 at 06:56 JST




This is my first Mars post of the season.









¤·····Subject: Message to the Milky Way Image Contest ... Now Open for Submissions!

Received; 10 August 2013 at 08:05 JST


 August 9, 2013

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Did you take an image on July 19, 2013, the day Cassini at Saturn took
an image of us and our planet, that portrays something unique and
special about Earth and/or the life on it, something that you would love
an alien being from another world to know?

And were you hoping to have your picture included in a message from us
to our fellow galactic citizens that will be digitally encoded and
beamed into the Milky Way at some future date from the Arecibo Radio
telescope in Puerto Rico ... the most powerful radio telescope on the

Well, I am pleased to report toyou that the upload webform for
submitting your image to be considered in our Message to the Milky Way
contest is now officially open.

Go to ...

... where you will easily find the place to click and upload. Be sure to
pay close attention to the rules and requirements.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of something big, grand and

Best of luck and let the games begin!

Carolyn PORCO (Boulder, CO)
Founder, The Day The Earth Smiled
CEO, Diamond Sky Productions, LLC



¤·····Subject: Solar Images 1-Aug-2013

Received; 9 August 2013 at 05:31 JST


Hi Guys here's a bunch of images from the1st


Note the massive disturbance round the weak spot group ar1806 on the 0907 ut image.







Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



¤·····Subject: Mars image on 6 August 2013

Received; 8 August 2013 at 23:33 JST


Mars image (Ak06Aug13)







¤·····Subject: Giant filaprom plus

Received; 8 August 2013 at 08:57 JST


Hi all


This morning (August 7, 2013) I was greeted with a giant filaprom on the southeast corner of the sun's disk---attached are some shots of that plus a few more from this morning---


Lunt 100T/Ha/DSII and Pt Grey Grasshopper 3 camera










¤·····Subject: Jupiter images on 6 August 2013

Received; 7 August 2013 at 19:47 JST


Jupiter Images (J130806)







¤·····Subject: Congratulations Curiosity: One Year on Mars

Received; 5 August 2013 at 01:00 JST


Dear ,

It has been a year on Mars with Curiosity, and what a year!

Hope you were with us in person or on line for the Curiosity rover landing last summer. So far...we rolled right into a riverbed, we zapped Martian rocks with our own laser ray gun, and discovered the chemistry for life. Who knows what we'll find in the coming months?

We can be sure that whatever we discover next will be astonishing. That is so long as we keep exploring. It's up to you and me to keep space exploration alive. It's through your participation, your passion, and your support that we have been able keep the discoveries coming.

So, thank you especially for being part of our community of space fans. We are explorers looking up and out eyond the horizon, seeking a deeper understanding of our place in space.

Together we can keep missions of discovery, like Curiosity, unveiling the wonders of science and the excitement and adventure of space.


Bill NYE (CEO, The Planetary Society)


 If you are unable to view the message below, click here to view this message on our website

P.S. Join us online August 5th to celebrate Curiosity's first year on Mars with Curiosity Deputy Scientist Ashwin Vasavada.

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