Monday, May 29, 2006

NOAA 6 79-057A double flashes

Close to 20:30 - I noticed a odd-shaped bright 'blip' registered near the right hand edge of the frame. AVI played back revealed the work of a bright double flashes from a passing Sat - NOAA 6 or 79-057A.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Meteors and Bright Flare in the sky

May 27 2006 05:44:55 am
a single x1 bright flare was detected, much brighter than the Jupiter -2.4

73P - C, B Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann

I arrived at the field around 5:00am. Sky was cleared at zenith where Altair presided, low clouds in the East. I scanned the NE mid elevation, trying to make out the Pegasus's Square. Using one branch of the 'Pegasus' Square, I star-hopped to the area where 73p fragment C supposed to be located. But in 7x50s view, no fuzzy ball jumped out at me from hazy sky. I returned home to get a map printout and brought my usual tripod/Mintron/lens setup.

Nothing was detected at x12 integration. Then I pumped up and maxed the integration - the unmistaken tiny tadpole finally showed up at 100mm end! It was fragment C. I let the Video Walkman run for a few minutes and shifted the FOV 'lower' to locate fragment B. Another fainter tadpole found. Venus appeared above the orws of African Tulips meanwhile early joggers pounding the pavement. This event is unique in a way - how often do you get to see fragments from the same comet!

Got some spare time to burn so I restacked
both images using 200 frames to bring out the 'tadpole' a bit better. Both tails are pointing in the same general direction as expected.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Meteor May 20 - AM 3.8mm lens

01:37,03:33,03:38,04:02 meteors
even at this large FOV the milkyway
is faintly visible in the video.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

May 18 '06 - Flashing Sat in Crux

A flashing/ tumbling sats drifted into my FOV

Running skymap with latest TLE - revealed the candidate to be
Molniya 3-10 or 78-095A. From the 4 time stamp created in UFOCapture V2 - the period is ~ 12.5880 seconds. Video ( uploaded 5/22) here (1.89Mb)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Meteor May 12 '06

Trying out a much larger FOV lens

3.8mm f/0.8 aspheric lens with watec 902H
This lens had seen hundreds of Leonids
( in a desert in Jordan/ on top of a high mountain S Korea)

Close to 89 degree FOV -
8 meteors were deteced in between
lightning flashes from
04:12 - 05:43am

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Polling Day Meteors - Eta Aquarids

My len was pointed quite a distance
from etaAquarids radiant
- still the long streaming meteors were detected near the 'c' shaped Corona Australis.
A plot of the three meteors confirmed
their identity - they all intersected in the
circled radiant X
Click image to for a larger view (meteors occurred @ 03:43:36, 04:16:54, 04:27:26)

A long etaAqurids, CrA at lower left corner.

Another going towards CrA

A rather bright one transversed CrA on the right mid- upper.

Frame by frame showing the meteor dragging a thin tail.
Note the arrow-shaped terminal points.
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