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Reports from Geisei Observatory <November 21, 2001>

• Photographs of the Leonids and LNEAR brightening to magnitude 6.5
Dozens of photographs of Leonids were taken on the morning of November 19. This photograph shows meteors streaming in all directions from the radiant. This year's Leonids remind us of the great shower seen from the U.S.A. in the 1970s. This photo was taken with a 28mm wide-angle lens with a 10-minute exposure from 4 am. There are about 10 Leonids captured in this photo.

LINEAR (C/2000 WM1) was observed at 1 am on November 21. It showed a coma with 15' across at magnitude 6.5. The photograph was taken with a 15-minute exposure by the 60cm reflector and shows the main tail and a narrow, faint jet preceding the coma. With the naked eye this was hard to confirm, but in 8x30 binoculars it was obvious. Color photos were taken but not developed yet.

Meteors streaming from the radiant of the Leonids.
A 10-minute exposure with a 28mm wide-angle lens

[C/2000 WM1(LINEAR)]
C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR)
At 1 am on November 21, 2001
60cm reflector with a 15-minute exposure
By Tsutomu Seki at Geisei Observatory

Copyright (C) 2001 Tsutomu Seki.