19 seen without binoculars; Milstar 6 Centaur

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Apr 10 2003 - 05:59:12 EDT

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    Well, it was an eventful evening in spite of the first 
    quarter Moon and partly cloudy weather (jet-stream cirrus 
    moving west-to-east).
    
    Mike located the new Milstar 6 Centaur (27712, 03-012B).
    
    The MDS 1 Fairing 1 (27369, 02-003C) made a low and very 
    bright (-1) pass.  Now if only SCC would cough up Fairing 
    2 elements (and the launch's H-2 Rk also?).  DASH (27367, 
    02-003A) did a similar though not so bright pass a few 
    nights ago.  A week or two ago I was able to see Fairing
    1 at about +6.5 at a range of about 9,000 km.
    
    I saw the following 19 objects without binoculars:
    
    03598 68-110B OAO 2 Rk
    10521 77-119B Cosmos 968 Rk
    10539 77-123A Cosmos 972 (not easy without binocs)
    10967 78-064A Seasat 1
    12072 80-093B Cosmos 1222 Rk
    12389 81-033B Cosmos 1263 Rk
    14820 84-027B Cosmos 1544 Rk
    19275 88-056B Okean 1 Rk
    21150 91-018B Inmarsat 2-2 Rk
    22788 93-056B UFO 2 Rk (UHF F2 Rk) - flashes
    22823 93-061A SPOT 3 - long maxima
    23020 94-014B Koronas 1 Rk
    24966 97-056B Iridium 35 - flare (brighter than predicted)
    24969 97-056E Iridium 34 - flare
    25262 98-018A Iridium 51? - flare (brighter than predicted)
    25544 98-067A ISS (12-15 degrees above north horizon)
    25855 99-037E Globalstar 32 Rk
    26405 00-039B CHAMP
    27369 02-003C MDS 1 Fairing 1 - flashes
    
    ISS and Iridium 34 were both one-power at the same time.
    
    The cirrus clouds plus moonlight precluded me seeing any 
    flashing geosynchs with just my 10x50s.
    
    Location was BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Some PPAS reports:
    
    MDS 1 Fairing 1 (27369):
    02-003 C 03-04-10 01:56:15   EC  224.3 0.4  28  8.01  -1.0
    
    IRS P2 (23323; seemed to be flash-flash-flash-miss, with
    the total cycle being 11.6 seconds):
    94-068 A 03-04-10 03:36:59   EC   58.0 0.4   5 11.6   +4
    
    From the previous night, same location --
    
    Gorizont 17 (19765):
    89-004 A 03-04-09 03:45:19   EC  765.0 0.3   7 109.28 +6.5
    
    UME 1 (08709):
    76-019 A 03-04-09 03:10:49   EC   58.9 0.3  23  2.56  (or 5.12?)
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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