Obs 15 Dec 2003 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Dec 16 2003 - 12:02:18 EST

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    Observations 15 Dec 2003: (Part 1)
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System), 1004x low
    light level CCD surveillance camera (0.003 lux) with 145mm focal
    length f/2.5 lens with focal length reducer, field of view
    1.89 x 1.43 degrees.
    
    Conditions good - as good as they get at this site.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20031215183339200 17 15 0146443-845231 39 R+070 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20031215183336900 17 15 0152184-840821 39 R+070 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20031215183340000 17 15 0145007-850918 39 R+070 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031215184800200 17 15 2027343-135843 39  +089 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031215184810500 17 15 2030494-115842 39  +090 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031215184826300 17 15 2035245-090021 39  +090 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20031215185029700 17 15 0239352-681601 39 R+073 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20031215185115200 17 15 0148007-503337 39 R+063 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20031215185302400 17 15 0102120-015448 39 R+070 05
    11732 80 019D   0433 G 20031215190500500 17 15 0328414+261704 39 S+089 05
    11732 80 019D   0433 G 20031215190646200 17 15 0406229+142407 39 S+085 05
    11732 80 019D   0433 G 20031215190749900 17 15 0432401+055921 39 S+083 05
    11732 80 019D   0433 G 20031215190847000 17 15 0458556-020417 39 S+082 05
    05678 71 110A   0433 G 20031215191202300 17 15 0129178-202556 39 I+086 05
    05678 71 110A   0433 G 20031215191216200 17 15 0138403-152914 39 I+091 05
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20031215191425500 17 15 2340227-041433 39 I+097 05
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20031215191410400 17 15 2329537-081548 39 I+093 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20031215191700100 17 15 1652398-732721 39 R+080 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20031215191714800 17 15 1626507-723134 39 R+075 05
    
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20031215191902500 17 15 0556108+080836 39 S+065 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20031215192021600 17 15 0611565+053403 39 S+066 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 G 20031215192550200 17 15 2302433+073504 39 R+075 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 G 20031215194400700 17 15 0159520-111002 39 R+069 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 G 20031215194730000 17 15 0242414-140357 39 R+068 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215192750000 17 15 0847039-335611 39 S+068 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215192823000 17 15 0829425-303400 39 S+066 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215192913000 17 15 0804216-242922 39 S+065 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215192939000 17 15 0751534-205434 39 S+062 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215192947800 17 15 0747507-193828 39 S+062 05
    35017 97 064A   0433 G 20031215204015000 17 15 0036048-201807 39 S+020 05
    35017 97 064A   0433 G 20031215204058600 17 15 0102506-410550 39 S+019 05
    35017 97 064A   0433 G 20031215204200000 17 15 0247057-703521 39 S+019 05
    35017 97 064A   0433 G 20031215204300200 17 15 0836000-763637 39 S+021 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215210400000 17 15 1820502-844341 39 I+065 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215210518000 17 15 0058450-745721 39 I+040 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215210614000 17 15 0135377-580926 39 I+043 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215210648300 17 15 0144234-453644 39 I+050 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20031215210731000 17 15 0150117-285217 39 I+050 05
    25035 97 068B   0433 G 20031215211439000 17 15 2339237-221818 39 R+068 05
    25035 97 068B   0433 G 20031215211614800 17 15 0012543-173915 39 R+065 05
    25035 97 068B   0433 G 20031215211712100 17 15 0029593-145548 39 R+061 05
    25035 97 068B   0433 G 20031215211810000 17 15 0045137-121632 39 R+060 05
    27699 03 009B   0433 G 20031215212438900 17 15 1359047-693657 39 S+058 05
    27699 03 009B   0433 G 20031215212452000 17 15 1346234-712136 39 S+052 05
    
    27699 03 009B   0433 G 20031215212509000 17 15 1322321-735035 39 S+070 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20031215220327100 17 15 0811599-060709 39 S+065 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20031215220524800 17 15 0840085-144856 39 S+058 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20031215220725000 17 15 0912273-225843 39 S+060 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031215221330900 17 15 1543419-702113 39 S+048 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031215221411900 17 15 1410061-702711 39 S+045 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031215221442400 17 15 1257263-675738 39 S+044 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031215221528800 17 15 1132490-594108 39 S+043 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Orbit plane search carried out for KH9-17 ( 82041C) and this
        object sighted, placing it 382 seconds early on predictions.
        Reasonably confident that it is the satellite in question.
    (2) Milstar 3 - 99023A - tracking through minute gaps in neighbours
        tree - time this tree died a mysterious death!
    (3) USA 136 Cen Rocket running 144 second early on predictions,
        however this is an easy satellite to spot due to regular short
        period flashing.
    (4) IGS 1B (03009B) more or less on time but geometry a little off.
        Will get companion object next time - did not clear my house
        roof this session before entering shadow.
    (5) Another high altitude object located and tracked but subsequently
        identified as Ariane 44LP rocket #25154 -98006C- orbit 145 x 7068
        kms,period 165.36m, i = 6.9 degrees. Was observed at a range of
        8000 km and magnitude +8 steady.
    (6) The flashing DSP satellite I have been tracking for the past few
        sessions has been identified as USA 149. Initially predictions
        had this object nearby to where I was observing - it now appears
        that USA 149 is slowly drifting.
    (7) I still have the following to report from this session:
        Noss 3(c), Noss 3(d), Noss 3(g), Noss 8(f)
        DMSP F15 and DMSP F16
        MSX ( 2 passes ),  TIPS ( 2 passes )
        Object #90013
        I hope to do this tomorrow.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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