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Cold can make lubricants more viscous, and alter the speed of clockwork mechanisms. Cold can also reduce the voltage of the batteries, and alter the characteristics of some Sec. 1 Project D: lunar occultation timing 33 electronic components. So, you'll want a way to check the stability of your stopwatch under realistic ®eld conditions. , leaving the watch in the refrigerator for a while), to qualify the watch for occultation observations. Even with a ``quali®ed'' watch, the belt-and-suspenders aspect of having a few extra time-splits is attractive as a way of con®rming that the watch is operating properly in the ®eld.
Train (note if a persistent train was observed). , if you caught the meteor out of the corner of your eye, it may be uncertain). 14 Meteor studies [Ch. 5. AMS visual meteor observing form. (Used with the kind permission of the American Meteor Society) Every hour or so, re-check the limiting magnitude and note it on your observing record. 3 Reducing, analyzing, and submitting your results Check your observing record for completeness, and then submit a copy of it to your coordinating organization (either AMS or IMO).
1 [Ch. 2 sec. With practice, you can achieve this accuracy by visually monitoring the scene in your eyepiece, and clicking a stopwatch at the disappearance/reappearance of the star. Timing the disappearance is most reliable (especially if it occurs on the dark limb), because you can watch the star approaching the Moon's limb. The reappearance will come as a complete surprise, and so you need to do everything you can to minimize the inevitable delay in your response to this event. As a minimum, you should have carefully identi®ed the location on the Moon's limb where the star will appear.