Re: SMAP (2015-003A) Visual Observation

From: Young, Brad via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:19:30 +0000
Thanks Ron for this update. I forgot to post that I looked for this object Saturday night with my 20 X 80 binoculars and was unable to see it. It was at a poor phase angle though, and in fairly twilight sky.

Brad young 



> On Feb 18, 2015, at 2:01 PM, ronlee--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:
> 
> Several days ago I saw this object again in my 8" telescope.
> It was bright enough that I tried again this morning to see
> it with binoculars.
> 
> The previous sighting was at about 25 degrees elevation almost
> due east about an hour before sunrise.
> 
> This morning's attempt was about 57 degrees in elevation in the
> east before sunrise but the sun was about 9 degrees below the
> horizon.  As a result, I estimate from using Nu Lyr that had
> SMAP been brighter than magnitude 5.2 I should have seen it.
> 
> I did not see it so back to using a telescope.
> 
> I have downloaded Cartes du Ciel to get a better source for
> star magnitudes but have yet to learn how to incorporate a
> larger star database.
> 
> Ron Lee
> 
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