Optical 04 Dec 2012 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Thu Dec 06 2012 - 11:39:49 UTC

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    Observations 04 Dec 2012 Part 2
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
    Used with 135mm focal length f/2.8 TAMRON lens.
    Field of view 7.6 x 5.7 degrees.
    Images processed and measured manually.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20121204221621445 55 15 0310442+163153 19
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20121204221717465 55 15 0311391+163158 19
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20121204221907066 55 15 0313281+163153 19
    12339 81 025A   0433 F 20121204221008841 55 15 0221090+172151 19
    12339 81 025A   0433 F 20121204221136505 55 15 0222350+172551 19
    12339 81 025A   0433 F 20121204221236482 55 15 0223340+172834 19
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20121204192040593 55 15 0429541+103855 19
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20121204192137395 55 15 0430395+104008 19
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20121204192217247 55 15 0431140+104104 19
    20357 89 090D   0433 F 20121204194630426 55 15 0250231+065019 19
    20357 89 090D   0433 F 20121204194809645 55 15 0252011+065951 19
    20357 89 090D   0433 F 20121204194907495 55 15 0253007+070437 19
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0400063+060726 19
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20121204193103520 55 15 0401270+061124 19
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20121204193150667 55 15 0402130+061224 19
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20121204191408043 55 15 0439334+052047 19
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20121204191513070 55 15 0440383+052456 19
    23568 95 022B   0433 F 20121204191555924 55 15 0441191+052729 19
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20121204223353927 55 15 0418144+132613 19
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20121204223605141 55 15 0420156+132854 19
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20121204223711734 55 15 0421119+133033 19
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20121204213946635 55 15 0357031+073941 19
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20121204214137382 55 15 0358482+074519 19
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20121204215106576 55 15 0408096+081353 19
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20121204194615426 55 15 0248124+045053 19
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20121204194809645 55 15 0250090+045358 19
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20121204194907495 55 15 0251047+045550 19
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20121204191525570 55 15 0432318+051537 19
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20121204191420543 55 15 0431265+051549 19
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20121204191608424 55 15 0433157+051555 19
    38528 12 034A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0400483+083242 19
    38528 12 034A   0433 F 20121204193103520 55 15 0402113+083222 19
    38528 12 034A   0433 F 20121204193150667 55 15 0402544+083202 19
    
    
    UNKNOWNS:
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    NUMBER 1:  Geostationary mag +11 steady
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    99998 99 838A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0413358+051054 19
    99998 99 838A   0433 F 20121204193103520 55 15 0414567+051126 19
    99998 99 838A   0433 F 20121204193150667 55 15 0415423+051143 19
    
    NUMBER 2:  Inclined orbit mag +13 steady
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    99999 99 838B   0433 F 20121204194615426 55 15 0242500+054552 19
    99999 99 838B   0433 F 20121204194809645 55 15 0244428+055055 19
    99999 99 838B   0433 F 20121204194907495 55 15 0245393+055321 19
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    07715 75 023B   0433 F 20121204191525570 55 15 0442231+023621 19
    09786 77 005B   0433 F 20121204192053093 55 15 0425096+100427 19
    15629 85 025A   0433 F 20121204213509046 55 15 0353306+141446 19
    20717 90 063C   0433 F 20121204221156505 55 15 0234448+185150 19
    20872 90 091A   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0358528+045511 19
    22981 94 008A   0433 F 20121204192137395 55 15 0428256+115050 19
    23867 96 030D   0433 F 20121204221717465 55 15 0259008+153532 19
    24307 96 053A   0433 F 20121204222146198 55 15 0157566+052140 19
    24713 97 002A   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0354035+050646 19
    24732 97 007A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0403066+043942 19
    24957 97 053A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0404065+050830 19
    25492 98 056B   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0407169+043921 19
    25626 99 005A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0401545+052120 19
    25785 99 033A   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0355340+051710 19
    25949 99 059A   0433 F 20121204222146198 55 15 0159575+051706 19
    26863 01 029A   0433 F 20121204213946635 55 15 0402263+070720 19
    26900 01 039A   0433 F 20121204191408043 55 15 0439101+051555 19
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20121204191525570 55 15 0431453+051641 19
    28143 03 060A   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0415137+051903 19
    28886 05 041C   0433 F 20121204192040593 55 15 0434060+105013 19
    32294 07 056B   0433 F 20121204192941947 55 15 0414020+052315 19
    33155 08 034C   0433 F 20121204222146198 55 15 0157130+051556 19
    33276 08 038C   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0343276+045341 19
    33468 08 067C   0433 F 20121204213509046 55 15 0349498+165808 19
    33468 08 067C   0433 F 20121204215512607 55 15 0408112+051513 19
    35943 09 054B   0433 F 20121204191408043 55 15 0443286+051449 19
    36102 09 065B   0433 F 20121204192229747 55 15 0430307+115135 19
    36118 09 070H   0433 F 20121204192040593 55 15 0433104+102110 19
    36584 10 021D   0433 F 20121204213509046 55 15 0358575+133426 19
    36745 10 032B   0433 F 20121204194615426 55 15 0250320+052715 19
    37810 11 049B   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0358191+053227 19
    37869 11 064C   0433 F 20121204213509046 55 15 0356293+142042 19
    37869 11 064C   0433 F 20121204215131576 55 15 0411063+044211 19
    37950 11 074A   0433 F 20121204214157382 55 15 0344537+052716 19
    38741 12 043B   0433 F 20121204194615426 55 15 0252517+052525 19
    39011 12 066A   0433 F 20121204191525570 55 15 0449485+035144 19
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) Several Glonass satellites seen crossing field of view-quite
        easy - probably steady around magnitude +11 or so. Much easier
        to see than the GPS NAVSTAR equivalent.
    
    (2) MERCURY 2 - #23855  quite a long way off predicted position -
        had to hunt for it.
    
    (3) The first unknown seen is probably a commercial geostationary
        satellite. No trail visible during the exposure so probably
        low inclination.
    
    (4) The second unknown was somewhat fainter and produced an
        obvious trail. Probably not worth looking for again.
    
    (5) Still more satellites to be measured/reported.
    
    (6) Next time I observe I will install the 4 inch f/5 refractor
        which is necessary for some of the fainter high altitude sats
        so means I will be spending less time on leo sats - will
        probably only concentrate on the summer leos near 97 degree
        inclination for the next few weeks.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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