Optical 27 Dec 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Tue Dec 28 2010 - 13:05:37 UTC

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    Observations 27 DEC 2010
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    Using Celestron NexGen GOTO mounting.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 22 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes.
    Processed automatically with APEX
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
    ====================
    RHYOLITE 1
    04418 70 046A   0433 F 20101227205448000 16 15 0814195+084645 28
    04418 70 046A   0433 F 20101227205531000 16 15 0815019+084503 28
    04418 70 046A   0433 F 20101227205625000 16 15 0815556+084249 28
    04418 70 046A   0433 F 20101227205740000 16 15 0817101+083939 28
    VORTEX 1R
    10942 78 058B   0433 F 20101227223643000 16 15 0809444+102549 28
    10942 78 058B   0433 F 20101227223807000 16 15 0811214+102536 18
    10942 78 058B   0433 F 20101227223847000 16 15 0812068+102523 28
    10942 78 058B   0433 F 20101227223929000 16 15 0812536+102513 28
    VORTEX 6
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227220947000 16 15 0633576+121338 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227221145000 16 15 0635374+121413 18
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227221236000 16 15 0636209+121429 28  +102 01
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227221315000 16 15 0636540+121439 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227221402000 16 15 0637341+121453 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20101227221507000 16 15 0638287+121510 28
    DSCS 3-4
    20203 89 069B   0433 F 20101227221236000 16 15 0639464+121726 28  +125 01
    20203 89 069B   0433 F 20101227221315000 16 15 0640250+121838 38
    20203 89 069B   0433 F 20101227221402000 16 15 0641123+121937 28  +102 00
    20203 89 069B   0433 F 20101227221507000 16 15 0642153+122216 38
    UFO-F02
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227220947000 16 15 0635417+122541 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227221145000 16 15 0637407+122813 18
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227221236000 16 15 0638322+122919 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227221315000 16 15 0639114+123009 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227221402000 16 15 0639592+123109 28  +114 01
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20101227221507000 16 15 0641038+123231 28
    MERCURY-1R
    23247 94 054B   0433 F 20101227221741000 16 15 0715326+152127 18
    23247 94 054B   0433 F 20101227221854000 16 15 0716450+152243 38
    23247 94 054B   0433 F 20101227222000000 16 15 0717502+152350 28  +109 01
    23247 94 054B   0433 F 20101227222107000 16 15 0718556+152457 28
    MENTOR-1R
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20101227204633000 16 15 0817165+132323 28  +115 05
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20101227204711000 16 15 0817551+132513 28  +115 05
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20101227204808000 16 15 0818534+132716 38
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20101227204836000 16 15 0819219+132820 28
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20101227204911000 16 15 0819562+132941 28
    UFO-F09
    25501 98 058A   0433 F 20101227215342000 16 15 0813112+095347 18
    25501 98 058A   0433 F 20101227215421000 16 15 0813493+095358 28
    25501 98 058A   0433 F 20101227215545000 16 15 0815108+095409 28  +120 05
    25501 98 058A   0433 F 20101227215634000 16 15 0815586+095434 28  +120 05
    UFO-F10
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20101227202245500 16 15 0801582+082914 38
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20101227202326500 16 15 0802395+082927 38
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20101227202408500 16 15 0803221+082942 38
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20101227202440500 16 15 0803538+082952 38
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20101227202532500 16 15 0804464+083008 38
    MILSTAR-5
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20101227223043000 16 15 0701162+090237 28
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20101227223129000 16 15 0702013+090306 18
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20101227223237000 16 15 0703097+090350 28
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20101227223327000 16 15 0703567+090401 38  +079 01
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20101227225520000 16 15 0725577+091711 28
    MILSTAR-5R
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20101227213014500 16 15 0814026+075843 28
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20101227213156500 16 15 0815451+075842 28
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20101227213231500 16 15 0816209+075843 28
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20101227213337500 16 15 0817270+075842 18
    MILSTAR-6R
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20101227212527500 16 15 0809117+085444 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20101227212613500 16 15 0809579+085501 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20101227212644500 16 15 0810299+085514 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20101227212737500 16 15 0811229+085535 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20101227212820500 16 15 0812063+085552 28  +117 00
    UFO-F11
    28117 03 057A   0433 F 20101227200408000 16 15 0739027+074129 28  +115 05
    28117 03 057A   0433 F 20101227200448500 16 15 0739456+074137 28
    28117 03 057A   0433 F 20101227200631500 16 15 0741292+074134 38
    28117 03 057A   0433 F 20101227200713500 16 15 0742110+074131 18
    28117 03 057A   0433 F 20101227200812500 16 15 0743103+074128 28
    USA-202
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227193902000 16 15 0513181+082620 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227194102000 16 15 0515189+082645 18  +089 01
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227194202000 16 15 0516185+082659 28  +064 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227194242000 16 15 0516591+082707 18  +066 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227194344000 16 15 0518011+082720 28  +085 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20101227224533000 16 15 0820402+080513 28
    WGS-F2
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20101227211048000 16 15 0756344+051808 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20101227211115500 16 15 0757042+051803 18
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20101227211147500 16 15 0757365+051804 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20101227211609500 16 15 0801595+051807 38
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20101227211827500 16 15 0804179+051736 28
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    =================
    SBS 6
    20872 90 091A   0433 F 20101227222355000 16 15 0747065+074229 28  +130 05
    ASTRA 1F
    23842 96 021A   0433 F 20101227220257000 16 15 0808332+052525 57
    23842 96 021A   0433 F 20101227220350000 16 15 0809263+052527 97  +127 00
    23842 96 021A   0433 F 20101227220436000 16 15 0810123+052527 18
    22842 96 021A   0433 F 20101227220523000 16 15 0810596+052528 97  +125 01
    BSAT 1B
    25312 98 024B   0433 F 20101227215634000 16 15 0818105+095242 28  +135 05
    GALAXY 26
    25626 99 005A   0433 F 20101227220257000 16 15 0807304+052431 57
    25626 99 005A   0433 F 20101227220350000 16 15 0808236+052432 97  +118 00
    25626 99 005A   0433 F 20101227220436000 16 15 0809094+052433 18
    25626 99 005A   0433 F 20101227220523000 16 15 0809566+052434 97  +117 01
    ARIANE 44PR R/B
    26488 00 052B   0433 F 20101227200408000 16 15 0740221+080346 28  +125 05
    ARIANE 2 DEB
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227220947000 16 15 0633152+123328 88
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227221145000 16 15 0635092+124155 18
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227221236000 16 15 0635593+124559 28  +117 00
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227221315000 16 15 0636377+124853 28
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227221402000 16 15 0637250+125217 58  +124 02
    26729 89 006G   0433 F 20101227221507000 16 15 0638293+125718 28
    INTELSAT 904
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20101227211048000 16 15 0756002+051939 28
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20101227211115500 16 15 0756289+051944 18
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20101227211147500 16 15 0757011+051943 28
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20101227211609500 16 15 0801241+051945 38
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20101227211827500 16 15 0803416+051945 28
    SL-12 R/B(2)
    28466 04 043D   0433 F 20101227223643000 16 15 0809115+103656 28
    28466 04 043D   0433 F 20101227223807000 16 15 0810363+103854 77
    28466 04 043D   0433 F 20101227223847000 16 15 0811165+103933 18
    28466 04 043D   0433 F 20101227223929000 16 15 0811582+104012 18
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227193902000 16 15 0513119+082810 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227194102000 16 15 0515124+082838 18  +113 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227194202000 16 15 0516120+082853 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227194242000 16 15 0516526+082902 18  +096 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227194344000 16 15 0517544+082914 28  +112 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20101227224533000 16 15 0820152+081020 28
    ARIANE 5 R/B
    36746 10 032C   0433 F 20101227205531000 16 15 0815302+083859 28
    36746 10 032C   0433 F 20101227205625000 16 15 0816072+083748 28
    36746 10 032C   0433 F 20101227205740000 16 15 0816582+083609 28
    
    NOTES:
    =====
    (1) PAN not found where expected to be so has stopped drifting. "Should"
        have been in the ASTRA 1F/GALAXY 26 area but no sign of it.Did not
        search for it but expect it to be west of these satellites.
    
    (2) Some confusion as to which is which with WGFS F2 and Intelsat 904-
        think its correct.
    
    (3) Although it looked a good night I suspect transparency was poor and
        sky brighter than it looked as max possible exposure at zenith
        only 22 seconds - I can often go to 35 seconds without the sky
        background becoming a factor. Temperature 22 deg C.
    
    (4) I did have the video set-up running and got several satellites,
        including USA 186, but just after observing started the serial port
        card in the old PC failed and could not receive the GPS signal to
        control the timing systems so time accuracy is about 2-4 seconds
        and not good enough for LEO sats.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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