Obs 9 February

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Wed Feb 09 2000 - 20:27:20 PST

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    The flashes for ETS-6 were too erratic for a PPAS report.  The bright, 1x 
    flashes occurred at 01:48 UTC, 10 February.  Later (02:04 UTC) I observed it 
    with a 6" Dob with sets of flashes every 5.3 and 3.3 seconds.
    
    PPAS Format:
    99- 49 E 00-02-09 23:24:17.2 JDG  73.1 0.5   7 10.4   +1.5->3.5
    89- 04 A 00-02-10 01:39:29.4 JDG1552.4 0.3  19 81.70  +5.5->inv
    88- 98 A 00-02-10 02:24:31.1 JDG 620.0 0.3  19 32.63  +2.0->inv 38 half-per.
    
    Globalstar 33 r1 (25911, 99049E) made a nice 1x pass.    
    
    Gorizont 17 (19765, 89004A) has been consistent over the past few evenings.
    
    TDF 1 (19621,  88098A) was pretty interesting.  The time span when the half 
    period flashes were both bright lasted from 02:16 to 02:22 UTC 10 February.  
    My best guess for a phase shift time would be 02:19 UTC.  The half period for 
    the flashed were all 16.3 seconds.   Beginning at 02:12:30 UTC the double 
    flashes (that Ed Cannon referenced) began on the brighter of the two 
    half-period flashes.   The half periods during this time were 15.8+16.8 secs. 
     All obs of TDF 1 were made using a 6" Dob.   
    
    I may have caught a brief glimpse of the Tethered Picos (26080, 00004H) at 
    00:15:19 UTC near beta-Aur (65az, 70el).  It was about 11-12 mag.
    
    The Hubble Space Telescope made a nice 1x, 3.0 mag pass in the South (20 deg 
    el.)
    
    Cheers
    Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
    Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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