LtE in CMO #240

From Myron E WASIUTA  

@. . . . . . I am happy you took the time to write and explain how I might change my form to better conform to the ones used by observers of the CMO. I will make the changes that you requested starting immediately. I also reviewed your sketches of Utopia and its mists observed in May 1999 and noted the 40 minute interval between sketches. I will try to incorporate this into my observations as well.

Does the observatory at Fukui City have trouble operating with 1 meter of snow on the ground! Here in Virginia, we have had a cold, but relatively snow-free winter so far.

I am enclosing a picture of my new homemade 31 cm f6.8 reflector I will be using for some of the Mars observations this season. I built the telescope, but used a fine mirror made by another amateur named Frank Love. I never knew him, but know of him because he signed his name on the edge of the mirror. The only problem I have is on very cold mornings, the heat from my body wafts across the light path, distorting the image somewhat. I am in the process of making a shroud to cover the tube with. This improvement will solve that problem.

Well, I better sign off for now. I am planning on rising early to observe Mars. Hopefully the clouds outside now will clear by morning!

Take Care,         

(27 January 2001 email)

@. . . . . . The weather here has been dismal as well. February has seen some of the worst seeing I can remember. Very few useful observations have been obtained this month so far. I am hoping for better soon!

I will be sending two observations made at the end of January (on 24 and 28 January 2001).

Thank you for sending CMO #239. It did arrive safely, and has already proven useful to this observer!

My best wishes to you and your colleagues in Japan.

(18 February 2001 email)

@. . . . . . My bad luck in weather finally broke this morning! I got a pretty good look at Mars using the 155 mm refractor at 362X. I observed from 9:30 to 10:50 UT (LCM 306-326) on 18 Feb 2001. Seeing was about 6. Mars' diameter is 7.1". Syrtis Major was near p limb, with Hellas bright, but not brilliant. At times, I thought I could glimpse a small bright patch near the N limb-probably the NPC. By the end of the session, Mare Acidalium could be seen rotating into view. I looked for cloud activity in Chryse, which should have been along the morning limb, but could not make out any bright area there (despite using W30, 80A filters). I will send these observations at the appropriate time, and wish you better weather as well!

(18 February 2001 email)


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