Titan 4B and payload observed

From: Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@zonnet.nl)
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 21:34:35 EDT

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    Followed the launch on Spaceflightnow via the internet.
    Used Ted's TLE's to get predictions.
    Went out at 01:05 UT and saw the Titan 4B and its payload
    through thin clouds.
    At first I saw the rocket at  1 power; easy at mag 3.
    When looking with the bino's I saw a fainter dot just in front of it.
    It was about mag 5.
    At 01:12:21.59 UT they passed between Delta and Epsilon Umi.
    The rocket was clearly visible in the clouds, with even a halo around it.
    The payload became almost invisible.
    They passed just below Alpha Cyg, over 57 and 56 Cyg at 01:13:39.59 UT
    so 1 minute 18 sec later.
    They were almost on track irt Ted's Lacrosse 1 search orbit.
    A pity it wasn't clear completely, but it still was a nice view.
    PPAS report will follow this morning.
    Greetings and clear, dark skies
    Leo Barhorst, Medemblik NL
    Cospar 4252 52.76350 N 5.09114 E 2 m ASL
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