Correction and more-15 Feb 2005

From: Greg Roberts (
Date: Fri Feb 18 2005 - 11:40:14 EST

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    Observations 15 Feb 2005
    Amended observation:
    Corrected time - WAS 21h07m44.0s UT - should have been 21h07m44.4sUT.
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20050215210744400 17 15 0148354-813900 39
    Ive had a chance to look at some of my images taken of possible
    unknown geostationaries on the 15th Feb 2005. Note this report 
    is only based on one observation spell .
    Field #1:
    Three possible geostationaries seen. Two have been identified as
    PAS 5 and PAS 7. 
    The unknown one is brighter than the two PAS satellites
    and about magnitude +11.8. The following are two positions (J2000)
    19h36m22.0s UT  RA 10h22m15.2s   Dec +05d37'28"
    19h38m22.0s        RA 10h24m15.6s   Dec +05d36'56"
    Field #2 :
    Two possible geostationaries and one high altitude satellite. The two
    geostationaries have been identified as #26939 (01-045D) and #21765
    (91-075A)- both around mag 12-13.
    The unknown was easy to see on the DVD recording once I noticed it. It was
    variable with a short period of a few seconds and ranged from about mag +10
    to +12. The following positions were obtained:
    19h45m01.2s UT  RA 10h08m30.8s  Dec +05d56'31" (J2000)
    19h45m27.1s UT  RA 10h08m41.2s  Dec +05d52'04"
    19h45m55.9s UT  RA 10h08m52.7s  Dec +05d46'43"
    19h46m22.8s UT  RA 10h09m06.3s  Dec +05d42'14"
    I have been unable to identify the unknowns. Anybody like to guess ?
    Unfortunately due to my mounts elevation problem, mentioned last  report, other
    areas examined were not where the ccd camera was pointing :-((
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