Optical 06 Dec 2013 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Dec 07 2013 - 13:26:29 UTC

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    Observations 06 Dec 2013
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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.
    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
    
    
    UNKNOWN SEEN WHILE WATCHING  MCUBED-2 AREA:
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    99998 99 998A   0433 G 20131206191144497 55 15 0429485+135006 28
    99998 99 998A   0433 G 20131206191147535 55 15 0428473+132013 28
    99998 99 998A   0433 G 20131206191148578 55 15 0428326+131157 28
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) Following the success of Ted in acquiring the rocket I checked
    what I had gotten watching the predicted area and found a very faint
    trail - probably around mag +8 which is obviously not the rocket but
    might well be related to the mission. Several frames were taken of the 
    area and about six or seven frames cover the time span it would have
    taken the object to cross the field of view. Only in the last three
    was the trail visible so either the object was in shadow prior to the
    first visible image or the object was variable - I suspect the former.
    I did see it at the time but discarded it as the rocket and, as it 
    turns out I should have waited a few more minutes and might then have
    got the rocket :-(((
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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