Obs 14/15 Dec,2004

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Dec 15 2004 - 11:28:38 EST

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    Observations 14/15 Dec 2004   (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. Some cloud drifting over but not a real problem.
    Cospar Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    Part 1 of 2 ( or 3?)
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    90026 04 809A   0433 G 20041214200526800 17 15 0519544-121700 39 S+075 05
    90026 04 809A   0433 G 20041214200638300 17 15 0551218-193337 39 I+035 05
    90026 04 809A   0433 G 20041214200805800 17 15 0638370-282537 39 S+087 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205801900 17 15 1522021-714320 39 S+065 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205814700 17 15 1524554-732241 39 S+063 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205833900 17 15 1543247-760420 39 S+060 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205918900 17 15 1818328-822210 39 S+048 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205933700 17 15 2024571-832010 39 S+045 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20041214205954900 17 15 2312254-792820 39 S+040 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20041214210414200 17 15 0256108+051554 39 I+089 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20041214210649300 17 15 0310107+093751 39 I+086 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20041214210840400 17 15 0319182+123038 39 I+090 05
    27698 03 009A   0433 G 20041214213844500 17 15 1636118-720920 39 S+050 05
    27698 03 009A   0433 G 20041214213859000 17 15 1655073-741318 39 S+049 05
    22639 93 026B   0433 G 20041214213423800 17 15 2313249-193357 39 I+078 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 G 20041214214328000 17 15 1702585-760759 39 S+040 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 G 20041214214345900 17 15 1618391-783927 39 S+038 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 G 20041214214411400 17 15 1418032-810812 39 S+037 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 G 20041214214433800 17 15 1151318-800548 39 S+037 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20041214215747000 17 15 1855339-781951 39 S+080 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20041214215833600 17 15 2152179-783135 39 S+079 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20041214215904900 17 15 2334304-742224 39 S+078 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20041214221611200 17 15 1816171-742637 39 S+040 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20041214221625500 17 15 1742269-732334 39 S+041 05
    16623 86 014D   0433 G 20041214221748000 17 15 1208468-700426 39 S+075 05
    16623 86 014D   0433 G 20041214221819000 17 15 1124129-640614 39 S+074 05
    16623 86 014D   0433 G 20041214221846800 17 15 1057580-574422 39 S+075 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20041214222653700 17 15 0411369-134434 39 S+084 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20041214222912200 17 15 0425060-190546 39 S+080 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20041214223010900 17 15 0430589-211734 39 S+085 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20041214233422400 17 15 0959554-491558 39 S+056 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20041214233441600 17 15 1025464-545920 39 S+058 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20041214233520100 17 15 1131287-632203 39 S+062 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 G 20041214234957400 17 15 2359571-625304 39 S+035 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 G 20041214235030500 17 15 2256452-703625 39 S+036 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 G 20041214235042200 17 15 2224123-723931 39 S+038 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 G 20041214235111000 17 15 2041181-752615 39 S+041 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20041214235509800 17 15 0342285-281734 39 S+072 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20041214235743000 17 15 0443103-153715 39 S+072 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20041214235845700 17 15 0501095-110027 39 S+080 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20041215000124700 17 15 0535245-011639 39 S+081 05
    23729 95 066A   0433 G 20041215001306900 17 15 1235119-201258 39 S+060 05
    23729 95 066A   0433 G 20041215001308000 17 15 1234264-200118 39 S+060 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20041215010712100 17 15 1209281-130646 39 S+078 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20041215010737000 17 15 1149484-071043 39 S+077 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20041215010810000 17 15 1124341+010442 39 S+076 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20041215010845100 17 15 1059111+094601 39 S+075 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20041215010947100 17 15 1018458+232147 39 S+078 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011533700 17 15 1206255-162130 39 S+030 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011538200 17 15 1207395-163642 39 S+035 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011542800 17 15 1208541-165117 39 S+040 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011547400 17 15 1210086-170612 39 S+060 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011630700 17 15 1222446-192739 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011633000 17 15 1223251-193541 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011833800 17 15 1303349-255930 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215011949300 17 15 1332275-293633 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215012039500 17 15 1352554-314322 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215012136300 17 15 1417186-334614 39 S+    05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20041215012219900 17 15 1436278-350233 39 S+    05
    
    Notes:
    
    (1) A LONG session so at the moment Im not sparkling- had less than 3 hours
        sleep so expect errors and omissions :-))
    
    (2) Following have still to be reported:
    
        #28385 USA 179 Cn R - running a few seconds late
        #25724 Milstar 3
        #24753 DMSP 5D-2 S-14, #23937 Tips, #90027,#90013
        #28096 Noss 3-2 rocket 1st and 2nd pass
        #22519 USA 89 rocket 1st pass, #28054 DMSP F16, #25991 DMSP F15
        #25744 USA 144 - two passes, #23851 MSX first pass
        #23908/23862/23936  NOSS 2-3 triplet
        #14180 NOSS 5(G), #14143 NOSS 5(C), #14112 NOSS 5(A),#14144 NOSS 5(D)
        USA 160 rocket, #13844 NOSS 4(E), #16591 NOSS 7(A)
        #26907/#26905  USA 160(C) and USA 160
    
    (3) One interesting unknown seen and later identified as 80-98B,
        Intelsat 5-2 rocket at a range of about 8500 kms.Lots of other
        "strays" seen but no effort made to track or identify - Ive got
        enough to do :-))
    
    (4) Not sure about identity of #16623 NOSS 7(D). I did NOT see NOSS 7(E)
        which was close on its heels ( few seconds difference).
    
    (5) Alexis rocket only seen for a few seconds before it returned to
        invisibility so only one position.
    
    (6) #23729 95066A running about 53 seconds late on my element set. Was
        just outside field of view so had to move the camera onto target
        so only got one "frame" before satellite disappeared behind trees.
    
    (7) #90020 is a new one for me and quite difficult to observe if you
        do not know what to expect. For me it seemed to exhibit a regular
        flash pattern with a period of about 4.5 seconds with 11 cycles,
        after which it was invisible for a short while and then repeated
        the 11 cycles, the first flash being barely visible and each
        successive one brightning to a peak and then decreasing in magnitude
        back to invisible. The flashes are of very short duration- at a
        guess about 1/50th second - and at maximum brightness about magnitude
        +3.0 to +3.5. The numerous positions reported are some of the flashes
        seen and I had to step through the video tape one frame at a time
        to get the flash and position.
    
    (8) #26473 Lacrosse 4 through cloud, only one reference star for each
        position but should be okay as I know the image scale and
        orientation of the frames used for position.
    
    (9) Enough waffling - now where are the headache tablets?
    
    Cheers
    Greg
     
    
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