Telstar 401

Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 13:29:57 PST

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    Hello all.
    I had an opportunity to make an extended observation of Telstar 401 on
    11/22/00.  As Paul Maley pointed out, there is an additional flash about 5
    seconds from the primary.  Whether it occurs before or after the primary
    seems to depend on the observers location, as I have it coming after the
    primary from my viewing location.  The secondary flash was only visible
    every other 167 seconds and possibly only periodically throughout the
    The basic pattern was:  162s, 5s, 167s, 162s, 5s, 167s (one set of these
    consisted of 16 primary flashes),  changing to:  167s, 167s (for 8
    consecutive flashes), and finally returning to 162s, 5s, 167s...  While I
    suppose that it is possible that this pattern repeats, a single observation
    is not very convincing.
    I have all of the flash times (lap and elapsed) on paper, but have yet to
    incorporate them into an electronic format.  Observed through 10x50s.
    93- 77 A 00-11-22 09:51:07   SDL       0.5  35 167.37 dT=5857.9 F'fF'->F'F'
    Gorizont 14 has also been visible from the western portion of the U.S.
    during this pass.
    The period has been decreasing since sometime in August when it reached a
    max of about 87.94s, on 12/01/00 the period was 86.72s.
    Best and clear, dark skies.
    Steve LaLumondiere  33.820, -118.316
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