We have received the following information about observations from two groups, Sky Treasure Hunters and Meteor Group, in Bulgaria. Both of these invite collaboration and we warmly invite all interested groups to contact them via the Group Information pages.
Observing Programme Title Sky Treasure Hunting Abstract Photographing the solar eclipse on 12.10.96., the Moon and the starry sky and showing the obtained images via Internet. Submittied by Sky Treasure Hunters, Silistra, Bulgaria Comments The members of the group will be glad to establish contacts with other amateur astronomers and to see their photographs of beautiful sky objects. Place and Date of Astronomical Observatory & Planetarium "N. Copernicus" submission Varna, Bulgaria 14 November 1996
Observing Programme Title Observations of the Leonid meteor shower Abstract Visual and photographic observations of the Leonids will be carried out in the nights of 15/16, 16/17 and 17/18.11.96. The method of the International Meteor Organization for visual observations will be used. The time of appearance, magnitude, shower association, apparent velocity and the duration of the possible persistant trains of the meteors will be recorded and the metors will be plotted on gnomonic star maps (Atlas BRNO). After the observations the zenithal hourly rates (ZHR) of the shower and the sporadic meteors will be calculated. Correction factors for limiting magnitude and zenithal distance of the shower radiant will be introduced. Submitted by Meteor Group, Varna, Bulgaria Rationale Usually in the time of their maximal activity the Leonids show ZHRs of 10-15. But every 33 years meteor storms of Leonids are observed. The next storm is expected in 1998. In the last two years somewhat increased ZHRs were already registered. It is interesting to see what will happen this year. Comments We would be glad to compare our data with the results of other group that make visual, as well as radio observations of meteors. Place and Date Astronomical Observatory & Planetarium "N.Copernicus" of submission Varna 14 November 1996