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€·····Subject: Mars and other musings

Received: 31 September 2014 at 05:12 JST


Dear Masatsugu,

   Thank you so much for your message, and please do not feel any need to respond right away, as I gather you are very busy.

   I did indeed notice that Mount Ontake had erupted—and remember you, Tadashi Asada and I passing by it; it was still snow-capped at that season, and we admired it while we took tea from a tea-room nearby.  I knew that it figured significantly in Lowell’s book “Occult Japan,” and also in a poem he wrote for the Scribbler’s Club—do you know of it?  I believe it was written at the same time as another poem he wrote about Mars, which has never been published and shows the influence of Flammarionesque themes.  I believe he must have written it between the time he discovered Flammarion’s book and when he began observing Mars from Flagstaff, but it doesn’t have a date…. Perhaps I should write something about Lowell’s poems—though I suspect that such a topic would tax even Reiichi Konnai’s very formidable skills in translating into Japanese!

   I could also write something about the famous picture of Lowell looking through the 24-in. Clark at Venus by daylight—this picture was taken by Philip Fox on October 17, 1914, that is just a hundred years ago.  If I write this it could appear a bit later than the date, and might still be of interest.  This is one of the iconic images of astronomy.

   I was profoundly saddened to hear of your recent health problems, and the way that your problems with your eyesight have hindered the continuation of your long series of visual observations (going back to 1954?).  It must be very unsatisfactory to have to resort to CCD imaging.  I wonder if you have given thought to how your observations/log books are to be preserved (archived).  Hopefully this will not be necessary to worry about for a long time, but might I suggest that they find a home in the new Collection Center at Lowell Observatory?  I can’t think of a better place for them.  Perhaps if this meets your approval they can be sent with Reiichi Konnai during 2016—though I am still hoping to have you here in person.  You and your wife would be my personal guest in the house in Flagstaff if you were able to come but I realize that a long airflight would perhaps be too difficult. 

   In closing, dear friend, my deep wishes for better health, and for the favor of many more Mars observations.

   With kind regards,


Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)


P.S. Your comment about “suffering from the strong obsession, and not dealing with other things” while in the throes of your CMO/ISMO work brought a smile to my face; I realize the “strong obsession” only too well in myself.




€·····Subject: Re: Mars 27 September

Received: 30 September 2014 at 04:44 JST


Excellent work again Clyde ! Many thanks


Christophe PELLIER  (Nantes, FRANCE)




€·····Subject: Occultation of Saturn 20140928

Received: 29 September 2014 at 12:59 JST


by the use of a 40cm Cassegrain (Utsunomiya University Observatory)


Tomio AKUTSU (Tochigi, JAPAN)




€·····Subject: Re: Mars 27 September

Received: 28 September 2014 at 20:55 JST


Many thanks. I do not normally reply to all but I do so now to draw attention to the slanting bright belt of nph which is separated from the north limb and which strongly reminds me of an hst image from 2001 taken just before the encircling dust storm of that year. Most images fail to resolve details in the nph so it is good to see Clyde is still catching this level of information upon the receding disk.

Good wishes


Sent from my iPad


Richard McKIM  (Peterborough, The UK)




€·····Subject: Mars 27 September

Received: 28 September 2014 at 03:28 JST


Dear Richard, Roger, Jim, Masatsugu and Masami(and Christophe)


I hope that you don’t mind, but I would like, if possible to copy you all on my images in one e-mail, rather than sending individual e-mails out  to all of you. I hope that this is alright for all of you. If anyone does NOT want to receive my images, please let me know.


You are welcome to respond to me individually if you prefer, but if you feel that there are any comment that are of value to the other people, please feel free to copy them as well.


Last night, the conditions were very poor, but I was very pleased with the seeing conditions tonight, and to be honest, considering the size of Mars, I believe that this is one of my most successful images so far. I must thank Christophe, who I have cc'd, as I have incorporated some of his advice over the last few days, and it has helped me tremendously(Christophe, I will definitely be responding to your earlier e-mail as requested). Other than the significant clouds over the NPC, there also appears to be clouds in the region of Mare Sirenum and also possibly light cloud along the terminator in the Amazonis region.


Best regards


Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)




€·····Subject: RE: ISMO

Received: 27 September 2014 at 14:37 JST


Dear Masatsugu and Masami

Thank you very much for the latest CMO!

I did manage to capture an image yesterday evening. Unfortunately the seeing conditions were very poor, and I was also only able to image later in the evening , so Mars' altitude was also lower. If the quality is not good enough to post/publish, that is not a problem, but I am sending the image "for the record" anyway. Due to the poor conditions, I am not sure if the reddish tinge to the spc is in fact accurate.


Regarding July observations, I was priveledged to capture what is believed to be a dust storm over a period of a few days at the beginning of July. Unfortunately I only had a color camera at that stage. I have attached a mosaic of the images taken over the period 30 June-3 July.



Best regards

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)




€·····Subject: RE: Solar images 21st-Sept-2014

Received: 26 September 2014 at 21:00 JST


Dear Dave (and other solar observers),

Herewith also a recent result on sunspot AR2172.  Seeing was average to good at time of imaging that was done with my Celestron 14.


Best regards.






€·····Subject: Solar images 21st-Sept-2014

Received: 26 September 2014 at 14:41 JST


Hi Guys here are a few shots of the active regions from the 21st. A good looking spot group now called AR2172 has rotated onto the disc, shown here in white light and H a. Pity about the poor seeing though.




Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE




€·····Subject: Re: ISMO

Received: 25 September 2014 at 03:51 JST


Dear Masatsugu and Masami

Thank you very much for your positive response.

I have been submitting observations to the BAA (Richard McKim) and also ALPO(Roger Venables and Jim Melka), as well as the ALPO yahoo group. However, it does appear that your CMO is a very comprehensive document, so it would be a priviledge to contribute. I only really started observing Mars seriously about 5 months, when I upgraded my equipment, and I have been learning image processing techniques over this period, so I still have a lot to learn.

I am not on facebook unfortunately, but am looking to set up a website over the next month or two.
If there is any specific filenames that are required when I submit observations, please let me know.
In the meantime, I attach an image that I took this evening.

Best regards, and I look forward to further interaction with you


Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)




€·····Subject: ISMO

Received: 24 September 2014 at 05:30 JST


Dear Mr Murakami


I am a member of the Mars section of the BAA and also of ALPO and submit regular images to both organisations.

I only now have discovered the website of ISMO/CMO and am very impressed with the publication.

In order to submit observations, is it necessary to become a member?  If so is there any application that must be completed?


Thanks you and best regards


Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)




€·····Subject: Mars 22nd September 2014

Received: 23 September 2014 at 19:12 JST


Attached are two sets of Mars images taken yesterday in fair to average seeing conditions.

We have rain predicted here for the next 3 or 4 days, so no more Mars images until it clears again....

Best wishes





€·····Subject: Mars 21st September 2014

Received: 21 September 2014 at 21:23 JST


The weather has been poor here for quite some time.

This evening the sky was clear and I managed to capture the two data sets of Mars attached.
Seeing was average to fair.

Best wishes





€·····Subject: Mars observation Sept 13

Received: 21 September 2014 at 13:35 JST


Dear Mr. Minami,
I hope you are doing well. Please find attached a Mars observation made on the 13th September from here in Bungendore. The seeing was good, and I had a chance to take L,R,G,B data. I'm not sure if I have the north-south correctly oriented in the image but I still hope that it is useful to you.

I believe I can see Olympus Mons, plus some vauge dark markings and brightness over both poles.

It is becoming very difficult to resolve the details on Mars now, I have a 5" telescope, plus is it quite low once the Sun sets from my back garden, and is affected by the seeing layer towards the city of Canberra (it always seems worse towards the west, I assume due to the city).

I wish you all the best.







€·····Subject: From bill sheehan: remembering antoniadi

Received: 21 September 2014 at 00:44 JST


Dear Martian colleagues,
   I am remembering that it has been 5 years ago that we celebrated (at the Paris and Meudon observatories) the centennial of E.M. Antoniadi’s magnificent views of Mars with the “Grand Lunette” from Meudon, in a meeting that was memorable indeed, and am thinking of all of you who were there.  
   I’m thinking that it might be high time to have another international Mars meeting, and am proposing that possibly sometime in 2016 would be ideal, since that will be the centennial of the last opposition of Mars Percival Lowell observed and also of the great man’s death (November 12).  We would (we must) have it in
Flagstaff, and I am sure we could get the observatory to sponsor it.
   At this point I am just thinking ahead and trying to gauge response and whether there would be general interest in such an event.  I’ll send this message to others whose e-mail addresses I don’t have on hand but may be available to me at my workplace, and please do the same—also sending it on to others who might potentially be interested in this affair.  I am also cc:ing it to some friends at Lowell Observatory.
   Best wishes,

   Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)




€·····Subject: Solar images from Belgium

Received: 15 September 2014 at 01:29 JST


Hello Dave, (and other solar observers)

It seems that the sun is always shining in England !  Got myself some nice views on September 3rd with a 13 cm Opticon SCT and on September 7 and September 9 with 14” Celestron SCT.




Best regards.






€·····Subject: Solar Images 2-3-8-10thSept

Received: 15 September 2014 at 00:45 JST


Hi Guys Here are a few solar images from the first third of September. Not much in the way of proms, but plenty of Active regions.









Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE



€·····Subject: Petavius 2014 September 11

Received: 13 September 2014 at 22:28 JST


Dear All,


This one escaped from the batch yesterday because the AVI file was corrupted, but I have repaired it.


Petavius is always dramatic with its clefts, and here the Vallis Palitzch to the terminator side is full of shadow, as is Palitzch itself, not separately distinguishable, and Hase D to the south.






David ARDITTI (Edgware, Middx., the UK)




€·····Subject: Lunar images 2014 September 09 & 11

Received: 13 September 2014 at 07:51 JST


On the 9th seeing was not too good, but the image does show up some of the clefts in Hevelius and the irregular dome in Grimaldi.



Seeing was better on the 11th and the image of the Messier twins shows their structure clearly.



David ARDITTI (Edgware, Middx., the UK)




€·····Subject: From bill sheehan: how are you?

Received: 7 September 2014 at 01:36 JST


Dear Masatsugu,
   I have not heard from you in a while. I hope this message finds you in good health.  I am sad that Mars is now too far away from the Earth to observe well, but happy because this means that the CMO will need more historical articles, which I willingly supply.
   Developments here: my wife and I have acquired a home near Flagstaff, where our son Ryan will live while he is attending college there and where we hope to retire a few years hence (meanwhile, we remain in Willmar).  I am hoping sometime to entertain you and your wife and other traveling members of the CMO there in the future; perhaps for a special event on the occasion of the centennial of Percival Lowell’s death in 2016.  I have always wanted to show you around Lowell Observatory, and it is the one place you have still to visit that is of special importance to all Mars lovers.


   With best wishes,

   Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)




€·····Subject: Mars 5th September 2014

Received: 6 September 2014 at 18:03 JST


Here are two image sets of Mars taken yesterday in average to fair seeing.





€·····Subject: Uranus 2014.09.02

Received: 6 September 2014 at 05:56 JST



Uranus under good conditions, with the bright North polar zone and the equatorial belt South visible:


Steady skies,

Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)




€·····Subject: Mars 4th September 2014

Received: 4 September 2014 at 21:11 JST


Unfortunately, I have been unable to image Mars over the last few days due to rain & generally bad weather. This evening the sky was somewhat clear with only high cloud. The seeing looked quite good. Attached are some images of Mars taken in fair to good seeing, but with variable transparency. There may be some dust visible in southern latitudes, but edge effects make it difficult to be objective about the amount & distribution.

Best wishes





€·····Subject: The Journey Continues ....

Received: 4 September 2014 at 04:46 JST


September 3, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We on Cassini received wonderful news today.  In a review this past summer of all the 7 NASA missions seeking to extend their operations for several more years and requesting additional funding to do so, Cassini was the only one of them receiving an unqualified `Excellent' for its science and future plans.   So, we are now gratefully anticipating another 3 years of exploration, with mission operations ending on September 24, 2017 with a dramatic nose-dive into the planet.

How wonderful it is to know that we will live out the full, unabridged promise of this extraordinary mission.  For many of us, for the past quarter century, it has been a way of life. For many of us, its end will mirror the end of a major portion of our life's work.

But this is no time to get sentimental.  We now are looking forward to 3 more glorious years of new discoveries and insights, three more close flybys of Enceladus, flights over the Saturn pole and through the rings, and, of course, many more of the most soul-stirring, magnificent vistas there are to be seen anywhere this side of the Oort cloud.

For more detailed news on this topic, go to:


Carolyn PORCO (Boulder, CO)
Cassini Imaging Team leader
Director, CICLOPS, Space Science Institute



€·····Subject: RE: solar Images 27-August-2014

Received: 2 September 2014 at 21:10 JST


Superb Leo the C14 +film does a great job




Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE




€·····Subject: RE: solar Images 27-August-2014

Received: 2 September 2014 at 20:33 JST



Made at the same date, August 27th, some high resolution images of sunspots.  

Two examples herewith included.


27 August 08:40 UT :  AR#2150



27 August 09:03 UT :  AR#2149



Best regards.


Leo AERTS (Belgium)




€·····Subject: solar Images 27-August-2014

Received: 2 September 2014 at 05:17 JST


Hi Guys these two images finish Augusts' solar imaging.  Both were were  uickly grabbed as the clouds bubbled up.

Scope was Coro' 90 DS .  




Best wishes


Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)
Ham call G4PIE





€·····Subject: Mo11July17Aug

Received: 2 September 2014 at 01:07 JST


Dear Masatsugu MINAMI,


Mars Images from 11 July to 17 August.



Yukio MORITA (Hiroshima, JAPAN)




€·····Subject: Abstract withdrawal from EPSC

Received: 1 September 2014 at 01:52 JST


Dear friends,
I'm sorry to inform you that I have been forced to withdraw my abstract about Mars observations at the 2014 EPSC. This because I have been completely busy this summer on working on a book about planetary astronomy - that took us much more time than initially expected (two full months, i.e. exactly the time I had planned to use for EPSC).

Looking forward to see you maybe at EPSC 2015 !

Have a good time in Lisboa

Christophe PELLIER  (Nantes, FRANCE)




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