LtE in CMO #289

From Elisabeth SIEGEL

. . . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 12:10:03 +0100

Subject: Season not over yet!


Dear Masatsugu,


It turned out that the Mars observing season was not over for me yet. I hadn't taken account of the fact that Mars moves eastwards this rapidly. So I've managed to make another 6 observations in February, and I've posted them to you today, so please look out for them in your mail.


New Zealand was a fine experience. Very beautiful country; tall snow-clad mountains, very exotic and lush rain forests. The southern Milky Way was truly fantastic, and I got a chance to look at it one night under very fine conditions through my little 60 mm - but I must say that this just made me long for another look through the 8-incher (which I don't travel with). Especially the Large Magellanic Cloud looked interesting, and the globular cluster 47 Tucanae was extremely impressive even in the small telescope (much better than Omega Centauri, which is just BIG, not as nice).


Apart from this, right now I sympathize with your situation more than I would like to. I, too, had a "significant" birthday recently - on February 15, I turned 50. That's okay. But eight days later I consulted my doctor about some severe headaches that I've developed over the last year or so, and it turned out that I suffer from really severe hypertension. When I see the doctor again in a few days' time, he'll prescribe medication for me that I will probably have to take for the rest of my life. It also means that I will probably have to quit smoking, which is just about the only thing that I simply cannot imagine myself succeeding in doing. Right now I'm trying to cut down on the tobacco, with the aim of stopping altogether, but it is not easy - everything in life just seems bland and dull without the smoke! - - So, as you can imagine, I'm not particularly happy these days. I think of you and hope that you've found some medication that both works and feels better for you.


With best wishes,



Elisabeth SIEGEL (Malling, Denmark)

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