From: Stephan Szyman (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2006 - 15:38:50 EDT

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    hello everybody,
    finally I had another opportunity to observe genesis-I last evening, and 
    finally I was able to observe it for the first time.  I thought it would be 
    quite a difficult object to spot from the location, 41.9100N, 87.6770W, the 
    bucktown/wicker park neighborhood of chicago, quite light-polluted, terrific 
    glare, and bad atmospheric conditions for seeing (clear but haze below 
    approximately 40 degrees elevation.) the limiting magnitude in wicker park 
    appears to be somewhere just above 4.10, as omicron 2 cygni was very 
    difficult to discern, an inferior place to make observations, to say the 
    my predictions were generated by HA but I can't say how accurate the timings 
    were (my robic has finally died so I have been using the clock on my 
    cellphone, which doesn't show seconds.)
    I watched that clock until it changed to 03:16:00 UTC 31 july and began 
    watching sadr. I first caught sight of genesis-I moving in my peripheral 
    vision, in draco,  I believe, and expressed my surprise vocally:  it was 
    much brighter than I expected. It passed between omicron 1 and 2 cygni and 
    delta cygni, headed for a close brush with sadr, brighter than omicron 1 
    cygni (3.78) and slightly dimmer than delta cygni (2.84) I would estimate 
    its brightness at between 2.95 and 3.15.
    congratulations to the bigelow aerospace team and mr. bigelow. hopefully the 
    day is not far off when I'll call up for a reservation.
    clear skies!
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
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