Optical 04 Feb 2014 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts <grr_at_telkomsa.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:15:05 +0200
Observations 04 FEB 2014:
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Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
FLI M8300 CCD camera with 87mm focal length f/2.8 NIKON lens,
field of view 12 x 9 degrees.

Images measured manually. 

Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa

FOR CLASSFD.TLE
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24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204184155790 55 15 1126010-242823 39  +070 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204184202252 55 15 1122484-234236 39  +070 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204184208685 55 15 1119432-225652 39  +065 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204184215142 55 15 1116369-220957 39  +065 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204184218357 55 15 1115019-214530 39  +065 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204201404766 55 15 1649202-704450 39  +040 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204201457162 55 15 1619239-774705 39  +035 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204201549404 55 15 1247101-854946 39  +030 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204201641611 55 15 0632565-752711 39  +025 05
24680 96 072A   0433 G 20140204201749500 55 15 0544314-442326 39  +020 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204190432805 55 15 1140378-264108 39  +070 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204190436022 55 15 1138316-261053 39  +075 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204204142298 55 15 0119431-520515 39  +065 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204204146298 55 15 0125138-504626 39  +065 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204204147520 55 15 0127267-501855 39  +070 05
28888 05 042A   0433 G 20140204204151520 55 15 0132402-485733 39  +075 05
37391 11 014B   0433 G 20140204190100060 55 15 1113586-230446 39  +050 05
37391 11 014B   0433 G 20140204190129090 55 15 1127176-250828 39  +050 05
37391 11 014B   0433 G 20140204190154873 55 15 1139026-264521 39  +050 05
37386 11 014A   0433 G 20140204190100060 55 15 1111111-222155 39  +050 05
37386 11 014A   0433 G 20140204190129090 55 15 1124402-242935 39  +050 05
37386 11 014A   0433 G 20140204190154873 55 15 1136156-260907 39  +050 05


STRAYS SEEN:
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08520 75 124B   0433 G 20140204185920151 55 15 1129524-235945 39  +055 05
13367 82 072A   0433 G 20140204190508267 55 15 1150164-303356 39  +035 05
13367 82 072A   0433 G 20140204204012229 55 15 2358153-591711 39  +030 05
16952 86 070A   0433 G 20140204204003788 55 15 0001144-600525 39  +065 05
20624 90 046A   0433 G 20140204190040727 55 15 1115400-223321 39  +050 05
24297 96 051A   0433 G 20140204190040727 55 15 1134350-273119 39  +055 05
25771 99 031B   0433 G 20140204201749500 55 15 0532081-422619 39  +055 05
37192 10 054E   0433 G 20140204204156749 55 15 0108336-451509 39  +065 05


NOTES:
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(1) Prime purpose was to observe the two KH satellites currently visible.
    First pass of USA 129 at 7 degrees elevation, second pass near 
    zenith.

    USA 186 getting difficult now as entering shadow at low elevations.
    In both passes satellite was already fading as it entered shadow.

(2) Have several more classified satellites from 04 Feb to measure and 
    report - slowly grinding through them. USA 144Deb, Essaim 4, 
    Milstar 3r, and DMSP F1.

(3) Still to process observations made 03 Feb 2014 - approx 1800 images
    and at least 40 satellites seen in "real time" when images taken so 
    well may be some more - wonder if any hidden "treasures?". At the
    moment I am only trying to keep "current" with the KH satellites as
    far as reporting goes - the remainder will follor in due course.

(4) As I am using a wide angle field ( 12 x 9 degrees ) positional
    accuracy around 1 arc minute or so. Time accuracy is better than
    50 milliseconds.

Cheers
Greg




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