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(meteorobs) Camelopardalids Observed.



Last night, I attempted a short Teff session before moonrise, especially
to check for any possible "Camelopardalids" (=Cam?) which have been
mentioned on this list.

Surprisingly, in 0.83 hr Teff, I saw one strong Cam candidate! It was
unusually short path (7) given its long distance from the radiant
(100). But, the path length rule sets a maximum, not minimum limit on
it, so this candidate passes the criterion. Its velocity appeared very
slow, slower than the typical VIR, too. Its color was an unusual deep
red, that I rarely see. The only other possibility, besides SPO, is it
also lined up closely with a radiant reported near 11:20 +23. However,
that is not any known shower radiant. As a result, my conclusion is I
most likely witnessed a Cam.

Any other observers see something like this too?

Clear skies!
Mike.

REPORT FOLLOWS:
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OBS: Mike Linnolt (LINMI)
DATE: Mar. 24, 2000
TIME: 0715 - 0807 UT (9:15pm - 10:07pm HST night of Mar 23/24)
LOC: Haleakala NP, Maui, HI (20 46' N, 156 14m W)
ELEV: 2100m
Conditions: Clear. Temp 45F. RH 50%. Winds strong.
METHOD: Paper


Observing Periods Summary:
==========================

# Period(UT) FOV       Teff   F    LM      Cam* VIR  SPO
  ---------- ---       ----   -    ---     ---  ---  ---
1 0715-0807  11h +20   0.83  1.00  6.6      1    2    3

*Cam(?) = Camelopardalids radiant ~ 07:56 +68

Periods Detail:
===============

Period #1:
----------

Mag->_-3___-2___-1____0___+1___+2___+3___+4___+5___+6
-------+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+
Cam:............................1.................... = 1
VIR:.................................2............... = 2
SPO:...........................................2....1 = 3

DEAD TIME: 2 min

Note: The 1 Cam was a peculiar short path (7), quite slow (~7/sec), 
deep red colored meteor. Start (11:30 +00), end (11:35 -07).
Its trajectory also lined up closely with a reported radiant near
11:20 +23.

END OF REPORT.
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