08/18/97 ~9:30 PM EST
Saw Mir. M1 = -2. Mir brightened significantly before entering the Earth's shadow. Images with a CCD shot into a rounded mirror. I'll post the image later today. Also bagged a nice meteor!
08/16/97 ~10:00 PM EST
Preliminary Scan of Sprite Photo and the whole story.
The "sprites" were actually a very *easy* naked eye objects although lasting maybe only 1/4 - 1/2 second. I dont know how to estimate the brightness in terms of magnitude. If one defocusses the eye slightly on Vega, the blurryness of Vega would accurately represent the brightness of any equal size portion of these observed "sprites". No kidding! These would be easy for the unskilled observer to see too!