Re: Object in deep space ?

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sun Feb 22 2004 - 07:35:27 EST

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    At 20:46 22/02/04, John Locker wrote:
    >Hi all,
    >I'm looking for a bit of help to identify an object caught on video last
    >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 :
    >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)
    >My best estimate for the position is               ra:  8:46.8  de= -7:28
    >There are no asteroid reports at
    >Notice also in the third frame , to the right , what might have been a/c nav
    >FOV approx 30 arc minutes across.
    Cant get a match with anything in latest alldat.tle John.
    It seems to me the motion shown only implies a mean motion of 1.03 to 1.04 revs/day, 
    which seems a permissible mean motion for a retired comsat whose orbit has been lowered
    rather than raised as most seem to be. 
    Tony Beresford
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