LtE in CMO #286

FromChristophe PELLIER


. . . . . . . Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 02:25:55 +0100

Subject: Some photos.


Hello everyone


As a better presentation of myself, please find attached some photos of me and of the main telescope I use. This one is shown here in my garden with its complete setting - the two barlow lenses and the BW webcam. It's the simplest and classical instrument possible : a newton one with a single RA motor working with the 220 V !


Hans-Joerg : you can use the smaller version of my photo for the JUPOS gallery if you wish to.

Best wishes


. . . . . . . Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 15:04:00 +0100

Subject: Re: Some photos.


Many thanks Paolo, I'm very pleased to see you - your planewton is beautiful!

But don't you think it's too much obstructed ? ;-))))) I've rarely seen a so small secondary mirror.


. . . . . . . Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2004 22:49:35 +0100

Subject: Re: Bonne Anne


Cher Masatsugu,


Merci pour vos compliments et pour les photos de vous et Isao MIYAZAKI !


I would feel most honored to have my photo in the outstanding CMO website. I will maybe send a few Mars images again during the coming weeks; my site provides good seeing quite often, nonetheless we are used to see many, many clouds (2003 has been a bit exceptional).


Happy new year to everyone !

Best wishes


----- Original Message -----

From: "Masatsugu MINAMI" <>

Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 4:43 AM

Subject: Bonne Anne


> Cher Christophe,


> Bonne Anne!


> Je vous remercie pour vos photos: C'est la premire fois que j'ai

> vu votre portrait et je l'ai trouve trs jeune et sympathique!

> J'ai l'impression que l'air de l'endroit ou vous habitez est pur.


> Prochainement j'ai l'intention de vous presenter avec votre photo

> sur le web de notre CMO en tant que l'un des deux jeunes

> observateurs qui ont pris les photos les plus formidables de Mars

> en 2003; je pense que l'autre est Maurice.


> Pour ma part, s'il vous plait, je vous enverrai la photo de moi:

> sur la photo je suis gauche, plus vieux, et droite c'est

> Monsieur Isao MIYAZAKI. La photo a t prise chez Miyazaki

> Okinawa au moment du plus d'approche de Mars le 27 aot 2003.


> J'y ajouterais une autre photo: c'est pour vous montrer la

> grandeur (?) du second miroir du tlescope de 40 centimtres qui

> est Monsieur Miyazaki. Celui qui regarde l'eye-piece est

> moi-mme.


> Mes meilleurs voeux pour cette nouvelle anne!


> Trs amicalement,


> Masatsugu



. . . . . . . Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 01:35:27 +0100

From: "Christophe Pellier"

To: "Maurice Valimberti", <>

Cc: <>

Subject: Re: Re:Bonne Anne


Dear Maurice, many thanks for your photo, I'm very pleased to see you ! And you definitely look very "sympathique". Is this the refractor with which you made your 2001 Mars images next to the C14 ?

Best wishes,


. . . . . . . Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2004 18:38:10 +0100

Subject: Re: RE:Re: Bonne Anne


Dear Masatsugu, I react a bit late but, I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. No one is old when he's still following his ideal and I believe this is your case with Mars !

Best wishes,


. . . . . . . Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 13:44:41 +0100

Subject: More Mars images


Hi everyone, please find attached some images of the 2003 Mars that for some reasons I did not send until now.


On june 16th I have added some early RGB shots with the ToUcam. Then most of the images were not sent because of fair or poor seeing, but after some thinking I find them not useless. My Mars observing nights in 2003 are now 75 !


Best wishes and sorry for the delay,


CPl16June03, CPl21July03, CPl21Aug03, CPl01_02Sept, CPl18Sept03, CPl29Sept03


. . . . . . . Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 19:59:15 +0100

Subject: Re: More Mars images


Hi again, I had forgotten this one :-))

This is an example of what always happens in my location when the air comes from the east : very poor seeing. Nonetheless some thick morning mist is well visible.




. . . . . . . Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 00:50:07 +0100

Subject: Possible dark spot on Saturn


Hi all, on my IR images of december 31th 2003, I had suspected a dark spot close to the meridian, but with no certitude. I have however recently received a red image taken by Bruno Daversin at Ludiver (France) with a 24" (600mm) cassegrain just a few minutes before my first IR image, that seems to confirm its existence.


Here are the images ; it can be seen to rotate in the third one ; all show it at 243 (sys. III) and latitude -45 more or less. A similar spot is maybe revealed in Damian's red image of January 2nd (although at a different longitude).


One reason why this possible spot is much less contrasted in my images, apart of some technical reasons, is that those spots are maybe best visible in red than in near-infrared ; this seems to be the case for the HST images taken on march 7th 2003.


Looking forward to more evidences...

Best wishes,

Christophe PELLIER (Bruz, Ille-et-Vilaine, France)


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