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(meteorobs) Florida Leonids, 14/15 Nov 1999




I began my 1999 Leonids campaign with a peaceful, lovely 3.9 hour
Teff observing session last night. Highlight of the night was my
first Leonid of the historic 1999 Leonids, at 6:15UT. A tiny mag
5 ziffer, but I was thrilled nonetheless. :)

Long Key State Park continues to be a dark, serene, natural place
to observe from, though I noted with alarm on the trip down that a
rapid growth of new high-end tourist hotels has sprung up just in
the last year... Perhaps very soon LKSP may cease to be dark? :(

The Florida Video Team of this year's NASA/Marshall Space FLight
Center Leonids Campaign seems to have all equipment well in hand,
and I believe they will be ready to begin data gathering tonight.


Here's my summary for the night: I'll try to make similar reports
as the week progresses, though between observing, transcribing and
sleep (in that order of importance), my time may get limited!

14/15 Nov 1999, Lew Gramer GRALE, Location: 24:49:01 N, 80:49:12 W
Per Start End  CFV    Teff LM   F    LEO  AMO  NTA  STA  Tau  Spor TOTAL
1   3:30  4:50 04h+15 1.01 7.46 1.00 0    0    3    1    2    14   20
2   4:51  6:05 04h+15 1.02 7.43 1.00 0    3    2    4    2    12   23
3   6:06  7:15 05h+15 1.02 7.46 1.00 2    2    4    3    2    19   32
4   7:16  8:10 05h+15 0.84 7.50 1.00 6    2    0    1    4    9    22
TOTALS                3.88 7.46 1.00 8    7    9    9    10   56   99
Average Magnitudes                   4.19 4.79 3.17 3.44 4.10 4.15 4.04


Take care all, and clear skies from the Florida Keys!
Lew Gramer


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