96072A / USA 129 observation

From: Jim McManus (jimmcmanus@optusnet.com.au)
Date: Wed Dec 06 2000 - 09:04:31 PST

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    G'day All,
    After several stuffed attempts, I finally have a second observation.
    6 Dec 2000 11h 48m 07.5s UT
    RA 03h 50.9m Dec -64d 03'  J2000.0
    magnitude +5.5
    Having just joined the list, I will take the opportunity to introduce
    myself.  I'm a 27-year-old aeronautical engineer living in Brisbane,
    Australia. I started observing satellites about 6 months ago after
    discovering Heavens-Above and reading about Iridium flares. Ever since, I've
    been chasing unusual or old satellites, but I still try never to miss a -8
    flare. Half the neighbourhood has seen Iridium flares now!
    I've had a lot of fun observing satellites so I'm now trying to help by
    making my own position measurements. It certainly takes quite a bit of
    effort at first but I'm getting better at it. If Santa Claus delivers
    new binoculars I'll be set.
    COSPAR site # 9127 Lat 27.591S Long 153.050E Alt 19 m
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