Messenger non-obs

From: Skywise (skywise711@earthlink.net)
Date: Wed Aug 04 2004 - 02:57:02 EDT

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    I attemped to observe the Messenger spacecraft this evening from my
    well lit skies of Orange Country, CA but had no luck.
    
    Using the Horizons ephemeris generator and sky chart software I
    star hopped to the right area and observed through my 6 inch
    newtonian at 30x. Limiting magnitude was close to 11 until the
    moon rose high enough to start lighting up the moisture in the
    air.
    
    Using Ted's formula I had a predicted magnitude of 10.3 but I was
    unable to see it.
    
    The effort was still fun.
    
    Brian
    -118.0 33.8
    
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