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Roger Southwick

    Tonight I set up the 80mm refractor on an alt-az mount just to poke around the sky since it's been a while.  Turned on the red dot finder, lined up M33, and there it was in the eyepiece…  immediately joined by a slow meteor tumbling by, leaving a pig-tail of sparkling debris.  I've seen other meteors through the eyepiece before but they were all pretty fast.  This one took about 0.25sec to cross the 2-degree FOV.  The brightness seemed about double that of the bright stars in Triangulum — not very bright, but very pretty.

    I listened for any sounds of bottle rockets that some neighbors might have launched, but everything was quiet.  Is this type of meteor even possible?