From Alan HEATH
@. . . . . . . At last I have managed to see Mars but with great difficulty.
The planet is very low and I have to observe it between houses. I cannot get the planet from the observatory so have to use the Celestar-8 which is portable. Looking at the planet between houses and with nearby sodium street lights does not make for good observing.
For what they are worth, I enclose three drawings with notes and I do not expect do much better than this at this apparition. However I will try for as long as I can in the hopes that perhaps I may be favoured with one reasonable view. I can but hope!
Thank you for continuing to send me the Mars
Bulletin which is always a joy to read.
Very Best wishes to you all
（23 June 2001）
@. . . .
. . Just a few more observations though of little real use I am afraid.
Tom DOBBINS (USA) phoned to tell me there is a major dust storm in operation.
Very best wishes to you all
@ . . . .
. . . For what they are worth I enclose my final observations of Mars for this
apparition. Very disappointing really and, despite 18 observations, there is
little of any use from me.
Hoping all is with you and I enjoy reading
about the observations of Mars which others have had with more favourable skies
and seeing conditions,
With Very Best Wishes
(Note) According to HEATH's Summary and Observing
Notes, the planet was very low in the sky, barely 10ﾟabove the horizon. So it was
necessary to use the portable SCT-8 throughout as the planet was not visible
from his Observatory (see CMO #211 p2387). Even so observation was between
houses and trees, views often being limited to a few minutes at a time. The
portable C-8 was taken on to a nearby flood bank to gain a slight improvement
but this was kept to a minimum since competition with street lights reduced the
value of observations to almost nil. A total of 18 observations were made
activity had been reported to him by Tom DOBBINS of
Alan HEATH (