Obs 970215, new flasher !

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 20:42:33 +0100

Last night the weather cleared and I could make some observations.
I saw two 'unknown' sats, that I could idendify later on by using Skymap
and the 8000 TLE-file from Mike McCants Homepage.
The first turned out to be 86- 19 BJ that I picked up while waiting for 79- 30 B. The 
later was seen after I made my obs on this new flasher (at least for me).
The second turned out to be a known one: 94- 41 B; although I haven't seen it flashing 
before with such a short period!

After identifing 86- 19 BJ I remembered an obs I made in january. On the 13th I was 
looking for 66- 5 N and saw it flashing. Running Skymap with the EL.. and CS.. files 
gave no other candidate. Russel Eberst reacted to my posting on SeeSat-L: the 66- 5 N 
fragment had to be large to be as bright as I reported it. Remembering its flashperiod 
of 2.94 seconds I wondered if it could have been the same as I saw last night: 86-19 BJ? 
I ran skymap with Mike's big file and the pass of 66- 5 N as well 86- 19 BJ matched my 
obs. As I have been unable to see 66- 5 N on several other occasions and saw it steady 
on some obs, it is certain I saw 86- 19 BJ also on 970113.


The obs of 970215:

78- 96 A 97-02-15 18:32:14   LB   33.3 0.2  10  3.33  FF, mag 4->inv, sm
79- 30 B 97-02-15 18:23      LB                       slowly var, mag 5->6
85- 11 B 97-02-15 19:16:46   LB   89.4 0.5   2 44.7   AA, mag 4->inv
86- 19BJ 97-02-15 18:22:18   LB   29.3 0.2  10  2.93  FF, mag 4->inv
86- 61 A 97-02-15 18:49:05   LB   17.6 0.2  10  1.76  'FFF-'F, mag 4->inv
87- 11 A 97-02-15 18:28:35   LB   47.7 0.2  10  4.77  AA, mag 5->inv
88-  6 A 97-02-15 04:01:10   LB  103.0 0.5   6 17.2   AA, mag 4->inv, ssm, 5
88- 50 A 97-02-15 19:34:34   LB   58.1 0.2  20  2.90  AA, mag 4->inv
90-  4 B 97-02-15 19:46:35   LB   58.5 0.5   4 14.6   AA, mag 4->inv
90-111 B 97-02-15 18:39:35   LB   66.5 1     2 33     MM, mag 4->inv
93- 59 B 97-02-15 19:20      LB                       S, mag 3
94- 41 B 97-02-15 18:44:23   LB   72.6 0.2   8  9.07  FF, mag 4->inv
95- 32 B 97-02-15 18:20      LB                       almost S, mag 5

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Greetings and clear skies

Leo Barhorst		Alkmaar			The Netherlands
52.65 North		4.767 East		1 m ASL
Member of Seesat-L
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Every day I wonder about the things I see in the (night)sky