Masatsugu, I can still remember when I lived on Okinawa how
nice the sky was.The few times I
observed the air was steady and clear.Also, one could se the Milky Way even near Naha.Times have changed all over theworld.Some day the night will be day.I can see the Milky Way form home and usually
M31 and at times M33 are visible without optical aid. How at myage
these can be done is a mystery.
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. . . . . .Date: Sat, 12 July 2003 -0400
new articles on web page
I have updated The Sand Ships of Mars and added The Dusty
Sand Ships of Mars to my web page (http://www.tnni.net/~dustymars/).
This drawing was
made on the morning of July
17, 2003 from eastern
Highlands County, Florida. Chris
Stephan was the team leader for a joint IOTA/ALPO expedition to observe
the Mars graze. Our location was set up at the 50% mid graze line. The sky was
perfectly clear. 7 people made up the team. They were: Earl Conrad, Doug Morton, Greg Shanos, Donald Parker, Jeff Beish, Andy Chaikin,
and Chris Stephan. Our coordinates were:W81°03'.19,
N27°17'.92,height = 10 meters
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. . . . . .Date: Sun, 20 July
County, Florida -- Mars Graze
A team of 7 members successfully
observed the graze of Mars on July 17, 2003 from far eastern Highlands County, Florida. This was a combined group for
IOTA/ALPO. Chris Stephan was the
team leader. The rest of the team included Earl
Conrad, Doug Morton, Greg Shanos, Jeff Beish, Andrew Chaikin, and Donald Parker.
We set up at the mid graze site, at W81°03'.19
N27°17'.92 at an elevation of 10 meters. This was on Boat Ramp Rd. about 200 feet east of Highlands County Rd. 721. The skies were absolutely clear.
Andrew and Donald both recorded the event with a web cam attached to their
telescopes. Andrew used a Celestron 11", Donald
a 6" f-8 reflector. A few of Andrew's photos are seen here. The times are
What a spectacular event. I would say,
for me, it was one of the most exciting a lovely celestial
events I have observed in over 30 years of observing. The team work
I also observed the event naked eye for
Dr. Mitsuru Soma of Japan. He was studying historical records of
a Mars occultation that occurred in the 7th century over Japan. Dr. Soma needed observers to make
naked eye measurements and time the exact time one could last see Mars against
the edge of the Moon and the exact time one could first see it on the opposite
edge. I submitted this with these coordinates. They seem to have been very
helpful to him and helps support their value for the 7th century event.
I want to thank the team. Andrew came
from the Boston, MA. area, Don
came from Miami, Greg from Sarasota, Jeff from Lake Placid, Earl, Doug, and myself from Sebring.
Kye Ewing also had a group about 20 miles
west of our team, in Venus township. They, too, had a
successful event. Thanks to Kye and her team.
Re: RE:Highlands County, Florida -- Mars Graze
I too am tired from observing Mars almost every morning
since May 2nd, 2003! I
am late this morning so will finish my drawing later.
The graze observation was exciting and fun.Don and I always enjoy observing
together.We are blessed with excellent
seeing here and always clear sky early each morning.The sky is not clear late at night so I will
continu to observe Mars during the night and early morning as long as the
planet is visible.
I get so much e-mail that I must have missed Mitsuru Soma's