from CMO #229 (25 March 2000)
The 7th Workshop of the CMO Observers, held on 3 May 1999 at Fukui
he 7th Meeting
of the CMO Planetary Observers was held on 2, 3 and 4 May 1999 at
The sky was however not so preferable the night, and so we were unable to observe so frequently, and obtained no more than eleven drawings the night from 21:20 JST (ω=251°W) to 24:00 JST (ω=290°W). We then quitted the observations because the sky became totally cloudy and instead enjoyed a casual chat on the rooftop or next at the preparation room. After 1 o'clock, Nj brought Iw down to put him up at a Hotel, and the CCD members (Ak and Hg) went to Ns's house and the sketch members (Id and Mk) came down to Mikuni to Mn's house. Chats continued.
On 3 May, we had a conference of the 7th Meeting from 1:30 PM at the Lecture Room of the Fukui City Museum of Natural History, at the same place that the 6th Meeting was held in January 1998 when G QUARRA was welcomed. Ak showed several excellent colour images of update Mars. He also gave a talk on his CCD Camera Teleris 2, his recent work and his method of image processing. Hg also talked. Mn then lectured on the meteorological phenomenon of the blue Syrtis Mj and explained how it turned blue in the morning or evening beneath a white cloud optically. He also touched on the foregoing observational points.
From 5:00 PM, we moved to the rooftop and continued to enjoy talks using monitors and glancing to the sky. The sky however remained bad.
The temperature went down, and
therefore we took the seats at the landing before the preparation room and
continued our talking session using two monitors. Hg played his Mars images in colour as well as in blue. He also used interesting Mac
software. We discussed much of Don PARKER's images; Ak tried Don's colour processing,
and so on.
Nj occasionally watched the sky, but it did not turn good, and so late at night we decided to close the meeting, and left the Observatory.
On the rainy morning of 4 May, all
but Iw and Nj gathered to
talk again at Mn's house at Mikuni. We took lunch to eat Echizen-Soba
(buckwheat noodles made in
Soon we heard Hg and Id safely had
landed on the
MURAKAMI (Mk) and MINAMI (Mn)
(written by M MINAMI in CMO #227 (25 Jan 2000))
One evening in mid-May 1999, NAKAJIMA (Nj) came up to the Observatory bringing with a Newspaper which showed a Martian surface with a strange cloud patch taken by the HST on 27 April. The photo was a blue-light one, and hence there was no appealing dark marking (or almost all were dark) and so the place was puzzling at first. But soon we noticed the position of Chasma Boreale, and came to know that the true position was near Baltia. And finally we gave a shout on the rooftop of the Fykui City Observatory: it's just MU-RA-KA-MI! Later we were informed that Mk and HIGA (Hg) also readily pinned down the place. The record by the HST was partly cited in CMO #218 (25 May 1999) at p2524.
Acknowledgements: We were made a present of a pair of red
sleeveless waistcoats from the attendants of the CMO Meeting to celebrate our
We posed here wearing the coats on 23 September 1999 (on the occasion of Nj's birthday) inside the dome of the Fukui City Observatory. Thank you all for your kind present.
Takashi NAKAJIMA (Nj, left) and Masatsugu MINAMI (Mn, right)