Obs 980425

VideoCosmos (icosmos@dol.ru)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 00:44:09 +0400 (MSD)

Hi,

Is anybody really interested in those Keyhole obs? Anyway,
here's a the next two made in Moscow April 25.

USA 129 almost appulsed 6 CMi (07h 29.8m, +12deg 00min, 2000.0)
at 18:59:02 UTC +/- 1 sec. The pass was 12 seconds early against the 
elset:

USA 129
1 24680U 96072  A 98108.90064540  .00024829  00000-0  26098-3 0    04
2 24680  97.8321 169.6079 0501810  30.9717 332.0397 14.82942565    05

Three days ago, USA 129 was only 6 seconds early.

USA 86 passed near Gamma Com (12h 26.9m, +28deg 16min) at 19:07:08 UTC
while the prediction based on the folowing elset was 19:08:15. (On April 22,
it was 60 seconds early, now 67.) Then it passed E of Gamma Dra (11h 31.4m, 
+69deg 20min) at 19:08:43 UTC (predicted was 19:09:49).

USA 86          15.0  3.0  0.0  5.1 v            1010 x 409
1 22251U 92 83  A 97265.84784039  .00001180  00000-0  78400-4 0    02
2 22251  97.7722 349.4000 0423996 241.2649 118.7349 14.54976309    00

It was an overhead pass and USA 86 was really bright and easy naked eye.
The problem was that it went S->N exactly along the axis of my apartment block,
making observation from both the E and W balconies difficult.

Attempts to find Lacrosse 2 on two consecutive passes weren't successful. During
the second one saw in zenith a mag 2 sat going W->E through the Big Dipper
at approx 20:13 UTC. Haven't elsets and time to identify :-(.

Couldn't see USA 116 either.

Igor Lissov
55.635N, 37.474E, 250 m