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Leo Barhorst, Alkmaar, the Netherlands

The observations below were made in 1995 till the end of april. The observational flashes by Mike McCants in the march issue of Flash made me look at some of the objects too.

70-106 B  march 1 11.5 and 11.8 s; so slowly rise;
72- 89 A  easy object, be carefull of the alternate double
          max;
77- 79 J  long period, 339 s march 1, feb 21 I saw it rise
          above the southern horizon with a bright flash to
          magnitude 3, the rest of the pass var 5->6;
78- 96 A  much scatter, when bright it is seen FF, else AA. On
          april 2 I saw it with sharp flashes mag 4 and alter-
          native inv and sharp flash mag 3 in between. Period
          was then 7 s, but in feb and early march around 8 s;
79- 30 B  was going down; feb 21 4.21, feb 28 4.16 and march 1
          4.17 s, apr 20th 5.26 s;
81- 59 A  Apr 2 after making the obs I saw it with flashes to
          mag 1;
84- 46 B  was 79 s march 1;
84-109 B  seems to accelerate; jan 4 10.10 s and jan 12 9.70
          s; jan 14 9.5 s by MM;
85- 79 B  Feb 21 close to this satellite I saw an other un-
          known flasher;
85-116 B  acceleration confirmed; was 7.70 s feb 21;
86- 19 C  Apr 2 it was almost S, I saw it on the 20th at 1.13
          and on the 24th at 1.09 over 50 periods. Is it going
          down ?;
86- 37 B  has indeed accellerated, it was 8.9 s feb 12;
86- 61 A  March 3 seen at 1.67 s as 'FFF-'F with most of the
          time the 4th flash missing;
86- 92 J  long period confirmed, march 1 156 s, april 8 seen
          with one flash, no obs due to clouds, 24th almost S;
86- 93 B  is almost S, mag 5 or 6;
87-  9 B  march 1 long P, slowly var, mag 5->6;
87- 11 A  in jan it was 3.8 s FF, feb 28 and march 2 almost S,
          but apr 2 I saw it 5.63 s AA mag 5->6;
87- 51 J  Feb 25 seen as 'Fff'F with 3.44 s; was steady in dec
          94 so to be watched closely;
87- 87 B  period 70 to 87 s;
88-102 A  I saw it 'A-a-'A with 17.6 s apr 18;
90- 81 K  Apr 19 easy to measure, mag 3 with sm mag 4;
91-  9 J  var behavior, in march AA around 53 s, apr 2 45 s
          and apr 8 24 s, both Aa; depending on the phase;
91- 42 B  S march 23 and small amplitude april 2;
92- 20 B  acceleration not confirmed; march 1 45.4 s;
93- 36 B  sudden descelleration not confirmed; seen feb 25 at
          5.23 s;
93- 59 B  apr 24 it was at first S and started flashing in the
          south;
94- 23 B  march 2 seen with a close double sharp max and flat-
          ter max in between;
94- 24 B  feb 28 seen var mag 6->7, apr 20 and 24 at 12.7 s;
94- 29 B  seen end feb at MM 60 and 31 sec; so likely 31 sec;
94- 41 B  Jan 30 when observing 94-41 B I saw about 4 degrees
          south of it an object moving along at the same speed
          var mag 5->7;
94- 45 B  I discovered some mistakes in my obs: jan 3 the
          total time is 110.1 s, over 20 flashes P=5.51 s; feb
          19 should be 63.0 s, over 11 flashes P=5.73 s; acc.
          not confirmed;
94- 61 B  nice object, 2.33 s apr 2
94- 68 B  apr 24 at 7.97 s mag 4->6 with sm mag 5;
94- 74 B  naked eye object, difficult from rising above hori-
          zon to almost zenith, easy afterwards. It's going up
          very slowly.
94- 83 B  april 2 seen at 2.403 s with sharp flashes mag 4;
94- 85 B  when I observed it from Austria end feb-early march
          it was measurable flashing in the evening passes; in
          the morning I saw it almost S. The periods differ
          much. By the end of march I saw it almost S;
94- 86 G  on march 1 it was in the north slowly var, S in
          zenit and flashes in the south although it was dtm;
          apr 24 dtm mag 5.5->6 at 14.0 s;
95-  2 D  nice flasher, apr 20 at 5.10 s, but apr 24 I saw
          only 2 flashes over a total time of 99.1 s;
95-999 A  this unknown flasher was seen feb 22 at 1.91 s;
          calquelations afterwards with the large satellite
          file on the flashdisk came up with one possible
          candidate: 83 -75 E, a fragment of the Cosmos 1484
          launch;
On march 23 I saw one of the satellite triangles moving across the sky. It still is a magnificent view.

Regarding the article about the shuttle-MIR rendez-vous and in particular the note by David Moore:

On STS 48 I also saw a waterdumping by the shuttle. A "tail" about half a degree across extended about 2 degrees behind the shuttle and then curved 180 degrees extending about 20 degrees in front of the shuttle and along with it. At first I mistook it for an aircraft condense stripe.

In the PPAS5 files I found some double entries. Mostly obs made by me in march 1993 and jan 1995. In jan 1995 also one by BJG.

compiled by BDP



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