It was a small group that gathered at Cambroon for Saturday night. Present were Ron, Graham, Dennis, Chris and Jeanette.
The afternoon started with a little solar observing, but the sun proved to be too hot and we retired to the shade to watch Graham setup his ED80 and associated astrophotography paraphanalia.
Bogie at 6.41
We knew that there were no bright satellites predicted for the evening so to our suprise at 6.41pm, a bright object was spotted, heading from west to east. It wasn't a meteor, too slow and long, Ron quickly got his binos, no lights, so it wasn't a plane. We estimated that it was going at least 4 times faster than any satellite should. Maybe one of the others could give an estimate of it's brightness. Ron and I came to the conclusion that it just might have been a spacecraft on re-entry. If anyone else can offer another logical explanation we'd like to hear from you.
Chris is a newbie who has been lurking here at IIS, he came along for a look-see. We really enjoyed showing him around the night sky. Thanks for letting me use your laser light.
The highlight of the night was to be the Alpha Monoceratid and Leonid meteor showers. Both were practically non events. I spotted 4 of the Mono's and maybe 6 of the Leonids.
There was one meteor that caught all our eyes. It was a bright aqua blue that broke up due north. The vapour trail lingered for at least 5 minutes, through binos it left a very curious Lazy P symbol hanging in the sky about a degree or so wide. Facinating!
We finished up just before sunrise. Poor Ron, it was his 3rd all nighter in a row.
Thanks for the Hospitality Ron!