Satellite identification

A. Silva (asilva@mx3.redestb.es)
Sat, 17 Apr 1999 13:50:41 +0200

Dear listers:

I have never ventured into satellite observations, although it is quite
common to see them zip by by chance.

On the night of april 13th, I was splitting Epsilon Hya when by chance I
saw a feeble blink south west to it. I had the time to switch to a low
power eyepiece, and could follow the feeble blinks traveling west to
east for quite some time. The object would blink every 8 secs (+/-) and
passed about 7' south of Epsilon Hya.

I suppose it was a satellite which was rotating or tumbling.
It is just a matter of curiosity, but, would anyone be so kind as to
provide an identification?

Here is the information I can provide:

Date: April 13, 1999
Time: 10:28 UT (aprox)
Mag: 9-10 (aprox)
Coordinates: 8h46m49s	+6 18' 33"

Observing loc:	843'33"
		4213'56"
Loc altitude: 100 m (aprox)

I hope this question is not a nuisance for the more experienced
observers.
Best regards to all,
Tony Silva