Re: Need help recovering an UNID geosynchronous flasher

From: JAY RESPLER via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2021 02:47:57 -0500
Stellarium does show ETS 6

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Jay Respler
Monroe Township, New Jersey

On 12/3/21 11:09 PM, ronlee--- via Seesat-l wrote:
> On 3 December 2021 around 0049 UT I was waiting for a pass
> of the just deployed Starlink G4-3 objects.  While scanning
> I saw a flash and continued to see flashes during the time
> waiting for and observing the Falcon 9 second stage.  At one
> point the flash was bright enough to possibly be visible to the
> naked eye.  I was using 7x50 binoculars.
>
> One day later (this evening) I started looking for it nine minutes
> earlier.  Scanning did not pick up any flashes and none were
> observed for six minutes after the flash time of the day before.
>
> I ran Skymap with a current complete element set from Space Track
> and did not find a match.
>
> Details on yesterday's observation follows:
>
> Around 0049 UT on 3 December 2021 [5:49 PM MST..UT-7 on 2 Dec 2021 local)
>
> RA:  1 hr, 41.6 min.  Dec -11.45 degrees
>
> Az/El ~130/24
>
> Location:  Falcon, CO, -104.5614, 38.9478, 2073  (104.5614 W)
>
> My assumption is that this in in supersynchronous orbit so would
> arrive at the same AZ/el somewhat earlier in following days.
>
> It is possible that nine minutes earlier was not adequate.  Does
> anyone have a guess how much sooner I should look on following
> days?
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