Observed Geosat

Bill Welker (wwelker@nexus.interealm.com)
Wed, 30 Aug 1995 13:22:04 -0600 (MDT)

Greetings SEESAT-L folks.  I saw this posted to SCI.ASTRO or

>From: meehan@hrc4.harvard.edu (Gary Meehan)
>Subject: Geosynchronous Satellites
>Date: Mon, 28 Aug 1995 16:15:43 GMT
>I had the unusual pleasure of observing a geosynchronous satellite
>on Friday, 25 September. I was showing Saturn and five of its moons
>to one of my friends when he noticed that all of the stars in the
>image were moving, except for one! It was neat to watch this faint (~13th
>magnitude) satellite with my 12.5" f/6 Dobsonian at about 85X while
>the other stars whizzed by.
>Gary Meehan
>AXAF High Resolution Camera Project
>Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

(He obviously meant 25 AUGUST) I wrote Mr. Meehan for some more details
as I might attempt to predict which geo he saw.  He told me he was
observing from  42 deg 38 min 15 sec N, 70 deg 57 min 0 sec W, at 22:25
EDT (2:25 UT, 26 Aug) with an approximately 1/2 degree field of view.

So... If I did everything right, I find COSMOS 2282 passed right through
Mr. Meehan's field of view while viewing Saturn at 02:37 UT (he was
tracking Saturn).  Would any others care to confirm or dispute my finding
:-) ?

Bill Welker                * Not affiliated with anyone * My views only *  
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