Object in deep space ?

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Sun Feb 22 2004 - 05:16:58 EST

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    Hi all,
    
    I'm looking for a bit of help to identify an object caught on video last
    night.
    My intention was to image the Hotbirds at 13 east , but I was having some
    difficulty locating them.
    I did however lock onto the 16 east position and took a short AVI of what I
    thought were two geos there.
    
    Then , from no where , clouds swept in , and my viewing was aborted.
    
    Only this morning , as I was about to delete the files , did I realise that
    one of the geos was not a satellite at all.
    You can see the AVI at :
    http://mysite.freeserve.com/satcom_transits/object.gif
    
    2mb file I'm afraid , but it shows eleven frames in which the geo sat is mid
    picture.To the left the other object .
    As you can see from the file below , these were 9 second frames....the whole
    animation covers a period of  just over two minutes.(three of the frames
    were dropped by the camera)
    
    0000. 21/02/2004 21:47:35; 9.24s; AMP_ON
    0001. 21/02/2004 21:47:45; 9.31s; AMP_ON
    0002. 21/02/2004 21:47:55; 9.16s; AMP_ON
    0003. 21/02/2004 21:48:05; 9.21s; AMP_ON
    0004. 21/02/2004 21:48:15; 9.19s; AMP_ON
    0005. 21/02/2004 21:48:25; 9.21s; AMP_ON
    0006. 21/02/2004 21:48:35; 9.20s; AMP_ON
    0007. 21/02/2004 21:48:45; 9.20s; AMP_ON
    0008. 21/02/2004 21:48:55; 9.13s; AMP_ON
    0009. 21/02/2004 21:49:05; 9.19s; AMP_ON
    0010. 21/02/2004 21:49:15; 9.20s; AMP_ON
    0011. 21/02/2004 21:49:25; 9.12s; AMP_ON
    0012. 21/02/2004 21:49:35; 9.19s; AMP_ON
    0013. 21/02/2004 21:49:45; 9.29s; AMP_ON
    0014. 21/02/2004 21:49:55; 9.17s; AMP_ON
    
    My best estimate for the position is               ra:  8:46.8  de= -7:28
    
    There are no asteroid reports at Spaceweather.com.
    Notice also in the third frame , to the right , what might have been a/c nav
    lights.
    FOV approx 30 arc minutes across.
    
    Many thanks,
    
    John.
    
    
    http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/
    
    
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