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€····Mars highlights page updated

Received: 30 October 2014 at 06:08 JST

 

Hi everyone,

 

Please see

 http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/marsblog/2013/10/20/201112-features-observations/ 

Comments or questions most welcome.

 

Good seeing,

 

Jim MELKA (Chesterfield, MO)

 

 

 

€····RE: Mars 28 October

Received: 30 October 2014 at 03:39 JST

 

Hello, Clyde,

 

So glad to see these images - seems like a nice observatory you have there!

 

Padma YANAMANDRA-Fisher (Space Science Institute, CA)

 

 

 

€····RE: Mars 28 October

Received: 30 October 2014 at 03:27 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Images from this evening.  Unfortunately rather poor conditions.

Blue channel very difficult to capture

 

Best regards

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141029/CFs29Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: RE: RE: Mars and bad weather on the Earth

Received: 29 October 2014 at 04:14 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu

Thank you very much for your e-mail and the anecdotes. I will definitely
respond when I have a little more time and can respond properly!

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: RE: Mars 28 October

Received: 29 October 2014 at 03:19 JST

 

Hi, all

 

A couple of more images of the observatory. Apologies for the large size.

 


 

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 28 October

Received: 29 October 2014 at 03:08 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Images from this evening. I also took a couple of quick pics of the observatory while I was imaging, as I thought you may be interested in my backyard setup- my "hideaway" after a tough day in the office…...!! As you can see it was still quite light and Mars is still at a reasonably good elevation. Will send a few more in a following e-mail, due to the size.

 


 

Best regards

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141028/CFs28Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 26 October

Received: 27 October 2014 at 02:48 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Images from this evening.

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141027/CFs27Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 26 October

Received: 27 October 2014 at 02:48 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Finally got a break in the weather, with reasonable conditions.

 

Best regards

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141026/CFs26Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

 €·····Subject: solar images 25-Oct-2014

Received: 26 October 2014 at 19:56 JST

 

Hi Guys this was first light using a ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome 1/3" CMOS USB3.0 .

I set up in cloud and practiced a few captures on local tv antennas. The sky cleared at 11:30 and I tried a few 2000 frame avis with a 2X POWERMATE on my AP EDT130 F8.35 STARFIRE refractor + wedge, where the full glory of AR2192 fitted comfortably on the chip.

 

The seeing was excellent and I was struck by the nice gamma control and range of greys on screen . I was using the latest version of Firecapture.

 

I did a quick process to make sure that Autostakkert could handle the full frame 2.4Gb files. No problems. I switched over to Ha, got a tantalising glimpse and solid cloud came back. The best of the seeing was at 11:32. By 11:56 it was back to its shabby normal. I danced three times round the mount to thank the seeing Gods, and threw my back out !

 

The attached images are all from that first avi.

 


 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

 €·····Subject: Jupiter 19, 23, 25 October 2014

Received: 26 October 2014 at 17:34 JST

 

Jupiter images  J141019 

 


 

Jupiter images  J141023

 


 

Jupiter images  J141025

 


 

Tomio AKUTSU (Tochigi, JAPAN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: RE: CMO/ISMO updated

Received: 26 October 2014 at 13:53 JST

 

Dear Masami and Masatsugu

Thank you very much for the latest CMO/ISMO. It is exciting and very
encouraging, as a new Mars imager and observer, for me to see your comments.
Thank you for taking the time to annotate the images.

In the LtE I was particularly moved by the comments of Reiichi KONNAI.
Please can you confirm what the title is of (Mr/Mrs/Dr?) KONNAI? If possible
can you provide me with the e-mail address as I would like to thank
him(her?) personnally for the comments.

Further, am I able to "copy and paste" sections of the CMO/ISMO/LtE for
circulation/communication/presentation purposes? I would of course always
mention where the content has come from, and credit the CMO/ISMO
accordingly.

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 25 October- RED ONLY

Received: 26 October 2014 at 02:48 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Our poor weather conditions are continuing, although we do need the rain!

 

During twilight, there were some small gaps in the clouds, and I JUST managed to capture a 90s red avi. By the time I switched to green, I was clouded over. I am thinking if its not best to try the colour camera under these conditions……

 

I don’t think the red image came out too badly, so am circulating for information anyway.

 

Best regards

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141025/CFs25Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: RE: Mars and bad weather on Earth

Received: 25 October 2014 at 14:25 JST

 

Hi, all

 

I may be getting a bit imaginitive, but just over a week ago, we had a very unusual(for this region) dust storm in Gauteng, South Africa. I went out for supper with my son, and when we came out after our meal we could see and smell the dust in the air, and it left a fine layer over everything. It was quite surreal. It was exceptionally fine, and from the fine dust seen in many Mars rover images, I can just imagine this type of condition occurring on Mars. A few years ago I landed in Dubai and the same afternoon a huge dust strom came over the city- very impressive to watch as it came in, but likely "small" compared with what we are seeing on Mars!

 

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars and bad weather on Earth

Received: 25 October 2014 at 14:15 JST

 

Hi, all

 

Just a quick update as you may have noticed I have been quiet for a few days. We have been having beautiful warm clear days, but as we move towards the end of the day, clouds move in with thunderstorms and high wind. Although I monitor for gaps, the conditions are exceptionally poor (I did some captures on the 22 Oct between strorm clouds, but the result was very poor)

 

As soon as I am able to get back up and going , I will do so.

 

Best regards and have a great weekend

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: AR12192 Development 17-24 October

Received: 24 October 2014 at 23:07 JST

 

Hi All,

 

It has been a bit of a struggle obtaining clear views of this region from parts of the UK. I missed it on the 19th due to being away from my observatory and was totally clouded out on the 23rd. Other opportunities have been grabbed by imaging through cloud gaps or thin, variable cloud. Seeing has been generally poor from my location due to a northerly component in the wind. This shifted to come from the west today and provided more stable conditions albeit with heavy cloud.

 

Here is a development sequence for the region from 17-24 October. As Dave says, tomorrow looks more promising.  

 

AR12192 is currently 2740 millionths of the Sun's disc in size. The largest on record is the Great Sunspot of 1947 which covered 6132 millionths, so AR12192 has a way to go...

 


 

Best regards, 

 

Pete LAWRENCE (Selsey, WS, the UK)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Solar Images 20-21-22-Oct 2014

Received: 24 October 2014 at 22:45 JST

 

Hi Guys In spite of the weather forecasts, this area had just enough blue stuff to grab the big spot group AR 2192, on three consecutive days. The seeing was best on the 20th.

 

 

 

The image from the 21st shows a PUD i.e. a Peripheral Umbral Spot.

 


 

The Ha Images are full of flares, and show the magnetic field effects stretching out three times the width of the visible light images. The weather has been permanent cloud since, but looks promising for tomorrow.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

€·····Subject: AR 2192 a monster in the sky

Received: 24 October 2014 at 03:31 JST

 

Hi All,

Was able to image this enormous sunspot group, today, during a short break in the clouds. 

Imaging done with my 13cm Opticon Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, 1.8x barlow projection and a DMK webcam 31AU03.

Enjoy the views.

 


 

Best regards.

 

Leo AERTS (BELGIUM)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Jupiter 2014.10.03 with 1m scope at Pic du Midi

Received: 23 October 2014 at 19:36 JST

 

Dears,

 

With some delay, here are the processing results of one session under less than average conditions, at Pic du Midi with the one meter scope. I reduced the results down to 75% of original acquisition size. No flash impact detected over  40.3min videos with DeTeCt (cf. http://www.astrosurf...ct_detect.shtml ).

 

 RGB:
http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003-04h34.6UT-PIC.jpg

Two IR, first one is the best resolved image from the session:
http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003i-04h31.7UT-PIC.jpg

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003i-05h20.0UT-PIC.jpg

 




In methane absorption band (in binning x2):

 



http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003c-05h00.8UT-PIC.jpg


Now one luminance, and all individual color layers:

 



http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003l-04h33.6UT-PIC.jpg

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003r-04h36.0UT-PIC.jpg

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003g-04h34.0UT-PIC.jpg

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20141003b-04h33.7UT-PIC.jpg

Regards,

 

Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)

http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

€·····Subject: RE: Solar Images AR2192 on 19-Oct-2014

Received: 21 October 2014 at 18:42 JST

 

Hi Dave and other solar fans,

Did also succeeded in capturing the gigantic sunspot on October 19th 2014.  Seeing was bad and strong wind gusts made it difficult getting some decent results.  I would have liked to use the C14 but the spot almost did’nt match in the field of view with that telescope.  Decided to use a small Schmidt-Cassegrain : a 13 cm Opticon Schmidt-Cassegrain.  With that telescope the solar limb was still included.

Enjoy the view !

Let’s hope that the coming week will give some breaks in the clouds, large enough to image again this sunspot.

 


2014 October 19, 08:43 UT

 

Best regards.

 

Leo AERTS (BELGIUM)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Solar images 17-20 October

Received: 21 October 2014 at 16:31 JST

 

Hi All, 

 

Here are some shots of AR12192 emerging from behind the Sun's eastern limb on the 17th, to being nicely on view on the 20th October. The region is easy naked eye through an appropriate safety filter. The region has been showing some decent flare activity. Interestingly we're now 11 years ahead of the 2003 Halloween aurora. It would be a fitting co-incidence if AR12192 kicked off a similar display!

 

 


http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/solar/2014/2014-10-17_Sun_110326.jpg

 

 


http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/solar/2014/2014-10-18_123213.jpg

 

 


http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/solar/2014/2014-10-20_104310UTC_AR12192.jpg

 

 


http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/solar/2014/2014-10-20_10-57-53_quark-cs.jpg

 

 

Best regards, 

 

Pete LAWRENCE (Selsey, WS, the UK)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 20 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN IAPYGIA

Received: 21 October 2014 at 13:29 JST

 

Thanks for the comments Jim. I note that the "bright" areas that you mention also seem to show in the green channel image, although the activity in the Iapygia region shows as two possible "cells" in the green image. Any comments on interpreting this? My previous dust storms showed bright in red, and to a lesser extent in green (but still clearly shown). Have attached the same image for easy reference.

 

Interesting, and will certainly try and capture more images over the next few evenings.

 

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Solar Images AR2192 on 19-Oct-2014

Received: 21 October 2014 at 09:24 JST

 

Hi Guys lucky cloud breaks allowed me to have a go at the fantastic AR 2192. The gaps were not big enough to capture my normal quantity of frames so some of the mosaic's components are a bit noisy . See was iffy too, I could not see granulation on screen at all during capture. I was very thankful though to grab the best spot in a decade. It looks far less spectacular in Ha, even with some flare activity.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 20 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN IAPYGIA

Received: 21 October 2014 at 08:05 JST

 

Thanks for the Mosaic Clyde! I'm concentrating on your red image on Oct. 20 that shows numerous 'bright spots over most of Mare Tyrrhenem compared with the Oct 19 image. From my experience with planetwide or global dust storms, they start spontaneously as individual dust clouds and then coalesce. Yes, I think that is a large dust cloud in Iapygia. This is really getting interesting! Let's see what happens.

 

Good seeing,

 

Jim MELKA (Chesterfield, MO)

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 20 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN IAPYGIA

Received: 21 October 2014 at 04:20 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Kindly note that the subject of my e-mail yesterday evening should have been Mars 19 October and not Mars 18 October

 

It appears that the activity in the Iapygia region has expanded somewhat, although I am hesitant to make any absolute comments (you will note that there are a few question marks….. :-)  ). Conditions were poor this evening due to me imaging a bit later than normal (I had a few camera problems).

 

I have also done a mosaic of the last 4 evenings just to get a feel for the changes taking place.

 


 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141020/CFs20Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

·····Subject: Mars 20th October 2014

Received: 20 October 2014 at 21:08 JST

 

Unfortunately, the seeing here in the early evenings has been very poor, and appears to be getting worse as our seasons change.
Attached is an image of Mars taken this evening in poor seeing.
Electris appears to be very bright in the R filter and also prominent in G & IR...
I could not resolve any details visually due to the poor seeing conditions.

Best wishes
http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141020/MVl20Oct14.jpg


Maurice VALIMBERTI (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)

 

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 19 October

Received: 20 October 2014 at 05:03 JST

 

Good evening all

 

It looks to me that the Libya bright area has dissipated somewhat. One change to note from yesterdays image is the light extension from the northern side of Hellas towards the terminator (Iapygia region?). This gives Hellas a flattened "Q" shape as against the flattened "O" shape of yesterday. As this is my first apparition, and I am seeing areas that I have not observed previously, any comments are welcome.

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141019/CFs19Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 18 October- DUST STORM ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION

Received: 19 October 2014 at 22:18 JST

 

Thanks for the comments Christophe. It has been pointed out to me that there is sometimes a bright area in the Osiridis region (right up against Syrtis Major), which may account for the 2nd bright area (more northern). I am hoping to image this evening and see if there are any further developments.

 Best regards, clyde

 

Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom - let your email find you!

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 18 October- DUST STORM ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION

Received: 19 October 2014 at 18:34 JST

 

Very interesting Clyde,
A storm probably identical to that observed in July 2003 when activity crossed the martian equator through Isidis planitia and triggered an active regional storm around Hellas/Syrtis Major.

Let's see how it behaves on the following days!

 

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Uranus images 2014.10.03/04 with storm from Pic du Midi

Received: 19 October 2014 at 17:16 JST

 

Dears,


Here are the rest of my observations on Oct. 4th with the one meter telescope under less good conditions than the night before, but showing the storm transiting with a position 5
higher than the predictions (220.5 L1, 34.6 planetographic latitude). Please note that the storm brightens when close to transit (00h52.7UT image while transit was predicted at 00h38UT) and then fades away. Also it seems of the same brightness as the polar area, while on earlier images it was brighter.

Animation of the transit:

 

 

 

Individual IR images:

 


 


 

R,G,B images without any details except for the brighter polar are attached

 


 

Regards,

 

Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)

http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Jupiter 18 October 2014

Received: 19 October 2014 at 16:14 JST

 

Jupiter images  J141018

 


 

Tomio AKUTSU (Tochigi, JAPAN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 18 October- DUST STORM ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION

Received: 19 October 2014 at 04:42 JST

 

Good evening all

 

I can confirm development of dust storm in the Libya/Osiridis region. There appears to have been two "cells" which were indicated yesterday. The southern cell certainly seems to have intensified somewhat.

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141018/CFs18Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 17 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION? 

Received: 19 October 2014 at 01:48 JST

 

Hi, Padma

 

I think I can confirm there is a dust storm in Libya region. Have just processed the red channel from this evening(attached). Will complete the others shortly.

 

Regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 17 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION? 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 19:32 JST

 

Hello, All,

 

Is this dust activity confirmed? any background information?

 

Padma YANAMANDRA-Fisher (Space Science Institute, CA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 17 October- POSSIBLE DUST ACTIVITY IN LIBYA/OSIRIDIS REGION? 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 03:12 JST

 

Good evening all

 

I suspect dust activity in the Libya/Osiridis region, showing best in the red channel image, although also bright in RGB. Any comments welcome.

 

Some detail visible in Hellas (Peneus and Zea Lacus?)

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141017/CFs17Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: FW: A hundred years ago todaqy 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 05:20 JST

 

That's OK Bill, wait till you get to be my age

I have attached another memorable photo, showing yours truly masquerading as Uncle Percy as he might have looked while observing Mars. Photo is thanks to Terence Dickinson.

 

Klaus BRASCH 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: For CMO/ISMO essay 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 04:04 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,

  I will scan some images for you shortly, and hope to do the continuation of our travel-log in the next issue. 

Then, perhaps, belatedly, I shall tackle the important subject of W.H. Pickering.
   All the best,
   Bill
P.S. Could you gauge for me Reiichi KONNAI's interest in coming to Flagstaff for an event in 2016? 

I have still not given up hope you can attend too.

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Stars of Hope 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 01:23 JST

 

Dear Dr. Minami, all,

  In this apparition I hadn’t been able to observe Mars since the last June because of the construction of our new dental clinic/house/observatory. And when my POD (Personal Observatory Dome) and the MEADE LX200-30ACF (305mm Schmidt-Cassegrain) were crane lifted and moved onto the rooftop terrace of our new house, Mars was already dipping beneath the south-western mountain range in the late afternoon when our clinic closed. It was most regrettable that my observation of Mars in this opposition have ended up halfway….in the last 2011/12 apparition I had visually chased the red planet up until 05 August 2012 when it was as small as 5.7across, almost disappearing behind the western mountain ridge!

 

 


 

Southern hemisphere observers’ unyielding focus on the retreating Mars is most applaudable. Please find attached a montage comparing Clyde FOSTER’s ground-based image with one by the MRO/MARCI taken on the same day 06 October 2014. Note the prominent regional dust over Xanthe (yellow arrowed) explicitly shown either on the ground based image and on the probe’s one, just looks like a cross-equatorial storm common in this Martian season as Christophe PELLIER suggested in his LtE dated 06 October 2014. Moreover classical“Mons Argenteus”, a whitish inverted triangular spot just north off almost touching the SPC border often observed around this Martian season, is just discernable on the FOSTER’s image (red arrowed). As shown on the MRO image, it may be inferred that the Argyre Planitia and the northern adjoining lower flatter area in Nereidum Montes collectively looks as a bright inverted triangle patch (also red arrowed). Refer to Masatsugu MINAMI’s 2001 Mars CMO Note #12 Mons Argenteus (CMO #266) :
http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmohk/266Note12/index.html

 


 

  Also attached here is a montage consists of FOSTER’s complete set of images on 12 October 2014 and the similar angle image by MOM/ISRO taken some two weeks before. Note the Indian probe’s exquisite image shows a good match with the FOSTER’s ones : fully exposed SPC, bare Hellas, North Polar Hood, and the familiar albedo markings as well. It is quite encouraging that those large scale Martian meteorological phenomena can be recorded by our colleague observers still pursuing that tiny waygoing red planet! May our Stars of Hope in the southern hemisphere go on shining through the future apparitions!

   Best Regards,

Reiichi KONNAÏ (Fukushima, JAPAN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: FW: A hundred years ago tomorrow 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 01:18 JST

 

Dear colleagues,
  Embarrassed to say I was off a day.  Today is Oct. 17, and so today—not tomorrow—is the centennial of the Lowell photo. But all of you knew that!  

 

Best, Bill

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: A hundred years ago tomorrow 

Received: 18 October 2014 at 01:07 JST

 

Dear Fellow Martians and other planetary enthusiasts,

   When I was last at Lowell Observatory, I was able to establish that the attached photo—perhaps the most iconic in planetary astronomy—was taken by Philip Fox on October 17, 1914—in other words, a century ago tomorrow. (Also a Saturday). Based on the position of the telescope, etc., I really think that Lowell was observing Venus as the caption says, in which case it would appear that Lowell, like Tycho, usually observed in sartorial splendor, rather than informally and for comfort as later astronomers have been wont to do.
   I find that Venus crossed the meridian in Flagstaff at an altitude of 28.4 degrees, at 3:54 pm (local time).  It was then 30% phase.  I would assume, without indulging in much more detailed investigations, that this would have been close to the time the photo was taken.
      Please join me in celebrating (or at least noting) this remarkable moment in time, frozen forever in time in this iconic image.
     Best,


Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 15 October 

Received: 16 October 2014 at 05:53 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Unfortunately, poor seeing conditions this evening, and only able to capture between intermittent cloud.

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141015/CFs15Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 14 October 

Received: 15 October 2014 at 03:27 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Fairly good conditions again tonight. Hellas prominent.

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141014/CFs14Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Solar Images 1,2,5,10th Oct 

Received: 14 October 2014 at 01:29 JST

 

Hi Guys here are some images of spots in Ha and white light, sinuous filaments, and one like Batman's batarang. There were a couple of nice prominences, with one shown here taken in double stack as a one shot image, and a single stacked example which is a negative surface composite.

 


 


 


 


Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re: Mars 12 October 

Received: 13 October 2014 at 04:03 JST

 

Hi, Marc.

 

My intent is to continue imaging, as long as I can still achieve "reasonable" (useful?) images, so yes, I hope to capture images during the comet "flyby" period. We are not having very good weather conditions at present,so this my impact on what I can do.

 

Best regards, clyde

 

Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom - let your email find you!

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re:Mars 12 October 

Received: 13 October 2014 at 03:45 JST

 

Hello, Clyde,

 

Thanks for sharing - nice images. Please keep taking images of Mars through the encounter and a few days after - as the comet and Mars separate - will try and keep track of the observations - and if you join FB, please join the group CIOC_SidingSpring :)

 

Padma YANAMANDRA-Fisher (Space Science Institute, CA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Re:Mars 12 October 

Received: 13 October 2014 at 03:18 JST

 

Hi Clyde,

Thanks for these images.
Do you plan to observe Mars during the Siding Spring comet pass-by in a few days ?

Regards,

 

Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)

http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 12 October 

Received: 13 October 2014 at 02:51 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Better conditions this evening

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141012/CFs12Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: The Way to Noto 

Received: 12 October 2014 at 10:08 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,


   After hearing of the eruption of Mt. Ontaké, I located the photo album with images I took of the sacred mountain while traveling with you and Asada.  I have some good images.  I also looked up the day-book I kept while on that journey, and realized it has been ten years already since we traveled the Lowell route to Noto.  I am going to transcribe some passages for the CMO/ISMO, so that will be my next contributed essay.  I should be able to send it in a few days, and you can publish it whenever you are in need of material to fill some pages (now that Mars is too far away to be well observed it may be useful!)
  It really was the adventure of a lifetime traveling with you in Japan—and I am very glad I took such detailed notes, as otherwise I would have only remembered but a little.  Atrocious how fallible is the human memory!
   Meanwhile, I am still hoping your health improves enough so you can visit Lowell Observatory in 2015 or 2016.  It would not be right for a Mars observer as diligent and gifted as your good self not to visit Flagstaff of all places!
   Of course, we will wait on events.
 

  Best wishes,  Bill

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars 11 October 

Received: 12 October 2014 at 05:18 JST

 

Hi, All

 

Attached image from this evening. There was a slight gap in the bad weather we have had over the last few days, and I just managed to capture between clouds, and in windy conditions. Seeing conditions were very poor and it was almost impossible to get any reasonable focus on the G and B channels. No apparent indication of anything out of the ordinary, as far as I can see. Mars is now below 6".

 

Best regards

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141011/CFs11Oct14.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Uranus images 2014.10.02/03 from Pic du Midi

Received: 12 October 2014 at 00:15 JST

 

Dears,

Uranus was my main target for the 2 nights mission last week at the one meter telescope. Conditions were correct that first night, but K1 was not visible (that was the opposite the night after :( ). I could get many images in IR 685nm long-pass filter:

 

An animation attached (gif file) with images from dozens of individual videos does not show any supsect spot moving with the rotation of the planet.

I made one attempt with a 50nm FWHM 889nm methane absorption band (large FWHM because otherwise Uranus would have been too dim even with a 106cm scope). There could be a suspect spot right at meridian and center of the globe (?):

 

Regards,

 


 


 

Received: 12 October 2014 at 03:42 JST

PS: I forgot to attach a "nice to see" montage of the planet with clockwise Ariel, Umbriel and very faintly Miranda:

 


 

Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)

http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

€·····Subject: From bill sheehan: book 

Received: 10 October 2014 at 23:29 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,


   Chris Conselice of U of Nottingham and I have published a book, “Galactic Encounters”--not Mars, exactly, though one chapter discusses Percival Lowell and Slipher.

 If you or one of our CMO/ISMO colleagues would like to review it, I can see if Springer can send a complimentary review copy.  Also I will need the address to which it must be sent.

 

  Kind regards, Bill

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Jupiter 9 October 2014 

Received: 11 October 2014 at 07:27 JST

 

Jupiter images on 9 October 2014

 


 

Tomio AKUTSU (Tochigi, JAPAN)

 

 

 

€·····Subject: Mars observation Sept 23

Received: 9 October 2014 at