Iridium / Vanguard 1 no-shows

Sat, 30 Aug 97 07:00:03 PDT

Waited for Sat. morning passes of latest Iridium cluster (24903-24907) and
using 1 power, witnessed:  (drum roll...)


Passes ranged from 56 to 62 deg. above western horizon.  I won't report any
more passes that don't flare, because I've had only 3 negative mag. flares
out of 36 passes so far.

P.S.  Made an attempt for a well-lit Vanguard 1 pass but didn't see it.
Dug into my notes afterward and discovered my two previous observations
were at 80x, not the 40x I was trying to use.  I won't report my Vanguard
failures anymore, since those far outnumber sucesses as well.  Just thought
I'd mention to others struggling to see it that you have probably have plenty
of company, if that's any consolation.

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, California
 36 41 10.3N,  121 48 17.9W    (36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -7