Fw: ISS/lunar/Mars transit

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Thu Aug 14 2003 - 04:52:14 EDT

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    Nothing seen.
    It was misty at my location so I made a point of climbing a hill in the hope
    I would get above the mist
    I did but only to find that there was higher misty cloud in the direction of
    the Moon!
    The moon was visible through the cloud but disappeared behind it at the time
    of the near transit.  Mars was not visible, nor was a subsequent -8 Iridium
    flare let alone the ISS!
    I took a few shots at the Moon with the (not so) trusty 35 mm cam in the
    hope it might pick up something but am not optimistic- I will have the
    results tomorrow but will only post if there is anything worthwhile.
    I have had no acknowledgement at all from the local experts I alerted so am
    not hopeful of getting anything from them either, and probably most of them
    faced the same difficulties as I did (except possibly in Nelson as predicted
    depending whether there was fog there or not.)
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    To: "Seesat Explosive Address" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 7:01 AM
    Subject: Re: ISS/lunar/Mars transit
    > It appears the optimum point for this will be the Southern Wairarapa in
    > vicinity of Lake Wairarapa (further north e.g. Masterton there will be no
    > observation at all of the ISS possible!) for the ISS lunar transit, and
    > Nelson for the  ISS transit of Mars.
    > I have done my best to alert  appropriate people but suggest that you may
    > wish to advise any contacts you have in Nelson, NZ as well as those
    > previously mentioned in the Wairarapa and Wellington - those in the
    > Wairarapa may need to travel towards the south coast.  Although for my
    > location and Wellington it won't be a transit I am looking forward to
    > all three in close proximity if the weather permits- prospects are mixed
    > this stage with cloud possible.  Nelson  probably has the best chance as
    > long as the wind is southerly!
    > Robert Holdsworth
    > Wainuiomata
    > New Zealand
    > 41.2610S, 174.9470E
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