Leonid filament & dust trail encounters in 1993:
Dust trails: not expected and not observed.
The year 1999 is coming and also the parent-body of the Leonids (comet 55/P Tempel-Tuttle) is approaching the inner parts of our solar system. Because of that meteor observers are keen on tracking down a possible (minor) outburst of the Leonids as an omen for the greater things to come in 1998 and/or 1999. This year is the first chance to see a possible enhancement of the Leonids. The weather did not cooperate during the maximum night 16/17 november 1993, there was a lot of cirrus and only the first hour after the Leonid radiant rises above the horizon was "clear". However, the nights 17/18, 18/19 and 19/20 november were clear at my location. No enhancement was observed .
My last observing night on our "old" location, the watertower near Harderwijk. I could observe only one hour around the time the radiant rises above the horizon. No Leonids seen. After one hour cirrusclouds moved in from the west.
A hazy and cold night. I was able to collect four hours of data this night. Normal Leonid activity with rates up to 4 an hour. Best Leonid was a magnitude 0.
Two hours of observing time: normal/low Leonid activity, 2 Leonids an hour.
One hour, very clear sky. Only two Leonids seen in this period.
Also other meteor observers around the world didn't see anything unusual.
Leonid observations of Koen Miskotte