Re: Nova Aquilae + unexpected satellite

Mark A. Hanning-Lee (
Thu, 02 Dec 1999 19:52:03 -0800

Well, Rob said it all I guess ... great posting!

I saw much the same from my location in Tustin some 50 miles E, but also
set up a camera on a tripod. However the Mir flare was so exciting that
I forgot to be at the camera ;-(. A flare to mag -4 was good. I had
previously seen another flare to mag 0 at the start of the pass, some 10
deg high in the WNW below Vega. The interval between them was perhaps 40
seconds; is Mir spinning at that speed?

I'd also brought 7*35 & 10*50 binoculars ... used to look at Nova
Aquilae in the light pollution, a bit fainter than Delta. Finding tip,
if you have these binoculars the FOV is about 7 degrees diameter. N
hemisphere mid-latitudes: put Altair at the top, Delta and the nova are
near the bottom. Nova is some 2 deg WNW of Delta; it's the one not on
your starcharts. Rob, why didn't you put it in Skymap's star database
;-) ?

We used binoculars to follow Mir into eclipse. We also saw that bright
glinting UNID. I used binoculars to follow it after the glint ... it was
fairly steady near mag 6 for a bit.

Best, Mark

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