XM 3 geo sat launch

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Feb 09 2005 - 11:49:26 EST

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    A Zenit-3SL rocket will lift off on Feb 17 with the XM 3 geo sat. XM3 will be parked at 85
    degrees, to join XM1, AMC 9 and AMC 16 allready parked there. So 4 geo sat in one feild of view:)
    XM are boeing HS702 series of spacecraft, and are one of the brightest geo sat's to see, I find.
    Depending on the time of year, will effect how easy they are to see. One time I saw XM1, easy to
    see in my 70 mm refractor, and in Dec I saw it around Mag 10, so faint. But I still saw it.
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