(meteorobs) Observation July 24/25 2003

Hi all,

I was able to get in a number of nights of meteor observing in late 
July.  Starting on the Friday morning of July 25, I was out at a dark 
sky site west of Ottawa near North Bay during a star party.  The sky 
on that morning was crystal clear with a very good transparency. 
Overhead the summer Milky Way was quite impressive, as were several 
of the brighter deep sky objects to the naked eye.

With two hours teff, I recorded 33 meteors.  Most of the activity 
consisted of sporadics with weak activity beginning to be noticed 
from the Aquarids, Capricornids and Perseids.

The highlights included a very swift north apex sporadic at 0652 UT 
of mag -1 that left behind a two second train.  Also at 0725 UT, a 
pair of faint sporadics appeared barely a split second apart, which 
was quite neat.

There was also a few very faint mag +6 meteors that I don't usually 
see unless I have a very dark sky.

Pierre Martin
Ottawa, Ontario

DATE: July 24/25 2003
BEGIN: 0545 UT (0145 EST)  END: 0810 UT (0410 EST)
OBSERVER: Pierre Martin (MARPI)
LOCATION: Long: -79.368 West; Lat: 46.081 North  Elevation: 50m
City & Province: Powassan, Ontario, CANADA
RECORDING METHOD: talking clock/tape recorder, cord align method

OBSERVED SHOWERS:_______________________________________radiant position
		CAP (Alpha Capricornids)_______________________2004 -11
		NDA (North Delta Aquarids)_____________________2124 -09
		SDA (South Delta Aquarids)_____________________2220 -18
		PAU (Pisces Austrinids)________________________2224 -32
		ACG (Alpha Cygnids)____________________________2040 +49
		PER (Perseids)_________________________________0140 +53
		ANT (sporadics from the antihelion )___________2100 -16
		NPX (sporadics from the north apex)____________0200 +27
		SPX (sporadics from the south apex)____________0200 -03
		SPO (random sporadics)

OBSERVING PERIODS: 0 = none seen;  / = shower not observed



TOTALS:_____________2.03__________2___1___1___0___0___1___0___9___0___19 = 33

The first column (Period UT) refers to observing periods broken down 
as close as possible to one hour of true observing, in Universal 
Time. The second column (Field) is the area in in the sky where I 
centered my field of view. The third column (TEFF) represents 
effective observing time (corrected for breaks or any time I did not 
spent looking at the sky). One hour = 1.00 teff. The fourth column 
(LM) is the average naked eye limitimg magnitude, determined