Observations 25 Dec 2K

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Dec 26 2000 - 05:06:18 PST

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    Hi,
    
    Herewith positional and PPAS observations for 25 Dec 2000, positional
    data in usual IOD format:
    
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20001225211155750 27 25 2149637-773140 56 S+066 03
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20001225211306360 27 25 0038369-630740 56 S+060 03
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20001225211359620 27 25 0123642-432130 56 S+052 03
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20001225211403420 27 25 0125538-413660 56 S+052 03
    
    
    Herewith PPAS info for same observing session:
    
    These observations were made using my CoSaTrak system whilst scanning
    a lost satellite orbital plane. No effort was made to track the satellites
    so report is based on what was seen in the time it took to traverse the
    4.8 degree field of view of the CCD camera as seen on a video monitor.
    (Note 96- 72A WAS tracked for positional work)
    
    
    G.Roberts, GR, Lat = -33.9405, Long = +18.5129, Alt = 10 m   Cospar 0433
    
    99- 61A  00-12-25 19.42      GR                      +4.5 to +7.3, irreg ?
    81- 94B  00-12-25 19.51      GR                      +4.8 steady
    90- 13A  00-12-25 19.52      GR                      +7.4 steady
    99- 39A  00-12-25 20.10      GR                      +5.0 steady
    73- 34B  00-12-25 20.12      GR                      +5.3 steady
    81- 87B  00-12-25 20.14      GR                      +7.4 steady
    90- 04B  00-12-25 20.38      GR                      +5.7 steady
    81- 22F  00-12-25 20.52      GR                      +5.7 faded out to inv.
    96- 46C  00-12-25 21.09      GR                      +6.2 steady
    96- 72A  00-12-25 21.12      GR                      +6.6 steady
    96- 72A  00-12-25 21.13      GR                      +6.0 steady
    96- 72A  00-12-25 21.14      GR                      +5.2 steady
    
    I have now more or less convinced myself that my observation of Dec 17
    of two possible NOSS objects were of two birds flying in parallel. I had a
    similar observation last night (25 Dec) except that they were moving too
    fast
    for any satellite - taking 4 seconds to cross the field of view instead of
    the
    usual 15-20 seconds for LEO satellites.  I dont know if it had anything to
    do with Father Christmas but no self respecting bird should be flying around
    that
    time of the night !
    
    Cheers
    Greg
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    COSPAR #0433: Long 18.51294E,Lat 33.94058S,alt 10 metres
    Retired astronomer,non active radio amateur (ZS1BI)
    Computer junkie, visual/radio satellite tracker.Lazy bum
    
    
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