Observing Program of the BWGS

Tiene Bauters (Tiene.Bauters@rug.ac.be)
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 19:26:25 +0100 (MET)

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>From: "Kurt Jonckheere" <kjon@mail.dma.be>
>Subject: Observing Program of the BWGS
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>Observing Program of the BWGS
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>
>The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
>period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300
>satellites.
>
>New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent
>observations)
>
>Send a message with Subject: archive get program/program.*
>  to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org
>Send a message with Subject: archive get program/satdec98.txt
>  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere
>(Satorama).
>Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-10.obs
>  [watch out, about 110 Kbytes big !]
>  to the same address for the latest update to PPAS 7, containing all
>  new PPAS-observations.
>Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-??.obs
>  to the same address to receive all updates to PPAS 7
>
>The same program-files and PPAS-update may be obtained via ftp at the
>following address (thanks Neil) :
>ftp://ftp.satellite.eu.org/pub/sat/bwgs
>
>
>
>files : - program.rob : overview off all flashing satellites
>             (see also program.ro, program.rot)
>         - PPAS7-10.OBS : latest update to our observations archive PPAS
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>SATDEC98.TXT (about PPAS7-10.OBS PPAS update)
>---------------------------------------------
>
>A high number of observers did sent their observations to SeeSat-L,
>see the big list below.   Thanks to all !
>Mike McCants also provided an overview of all his flash period
>measurements of the nineties.  This accounted for a total of
>more than 1200 observations !  Mike is also very interested in
>observing satellites in highly eccentric orbits, which leads to
>the high number of NEW objects in our list.  Of course to observe
>these objects you need a telescope, so if you want to observe
>with binoculars leave out the objects with code 'g' and 'h'.
>
>You can find the list of NEW and top-priority objects at the end
>of this mail.
>
>SATORAMA
>
>Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
>It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.
>
>b       flashing object for beginners
>d       difficult to measure
>S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
>?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
>-       long flash period (>40 s)
>!       top-priority object
>	regular object
>x       DRA object
>g       geostationary object
>h       highly eccentric orbit (GTO and others)
>
>
>2039 (!) observations received from  23  observers :
>
> ANO     Antero Olkkonen         Ristiina                  Finland
> BD      Bram Dorreman           Achel                     Belgium
> BDP     Bart De Pontieu         San Francisco             USA
> CW      Chris Wyatt             Bendigo, Victoria         Australia
> EC      Ed Cannon               Austin, Texas             USA
> EL      Ed Light                Lakewood, NJ              USA
> ER      Eero Rantalaiho         Varkkala                  Finland
> JDG     Don Gardner                                       USA
> JG      Jason Gibson            Melbourne                 Australia
> JHR     Jay H. Respler          Freehold, New Jersey      USA
> JN      Jim Nix                 Memphis, TN               USA
> JPH     Jason Hatton            Strasbourg                France
> KJ      Kurt Jonckheere         Gent                      Belgium
> MJ      Michel Jacquesson       Sevigny-Waleppe           France
> MM      Michael M. McCants      Austin, Texas             USA
> PDV     Patrick De Vreese       Moen                      Belgium
> RE      Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
> RM      Rob Matson              Belmont Shore, CA         USA
> RMC     Ralph McConahy
> RO      Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout                  France
> SW      Sue Worden                                        USA
> TC      Tristan Cools           Brugge                    Belgium
> WN      Walter Nissen           Silver Spring             USA
>
>
>Next deadline for sending in observations: January 31, 1999
>to Kurt Jonckheere, Noendries 15, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
>or by e-mail to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org
>
>All observations are appreciated very much.
>
>If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
>DIRECTLY to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org.  This is just a
>small amount of additional work for you, but it makes life much easier
>for me.
>
>Happy observing,
>
>Kurt Jonckheere (kjon@mail.dma.be)
>Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites
>
>
>Special remarks :
>
>Top-priority objects :
>70- 85 A !     4583/Meteor1-6, started flashing acc to Chris Wyatt, NEW
>74-  1 B !     07094/ NEW C 628 rocket, MMjump in June 98, to be checked
>76- 67 B !     9013/C1 Kosmos 839 NEW Flashing ?? to be confirmed
>78- 16 C !     12908, flashing period going down slowly !
>78-109 J !     11136/C1 Kosmos 1051-1058: probably accelerated !
>79- 30 B !     11327/C1 Kosmos 1092, accelerated acc to Michel Jacquesson !!
>87- 18 A !     17527/MOS 1; flashing, period going down !?!
>87- 49 B !     18096/C1 Kosmos 1850: accelerated again !!
>91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated ! + MMJump
>94- 24 B !     23093/C1 Kosmos 2279, accelerated !?!
>94- 35 B !     23133/ Centaur AC76,  accelerating !
>94- 56 A !     23230/Kiku 6 = ETS 6, accelerating !
>96- 15 B !     23817/Ariane 44P R/B, GTO, accelerated ?
>97- 30 A !     24836/Iridium 14, flashing, accelerating
>
>
>NEW objects:
>A number of highly eccentric and geostationary object were (re)discovered.
>59-  1 A       11/Vanguard 2, NEW, flashing with 7 seconds, according to MM
>62- 29 B h     341/Delta 1R/B, discovered flashing by MM in '90, NEW
>64- 26 D       809/Scout X-4 R/B flashing in '93 accoring to Mike M, NEW
>66- 24 A       2119/Transit 12, flasing according to RE and MM, NEW
>67-  1 D h     2643/Delta 1 R/B(2) flashing according to MM, NEW
>68- 12 A       3133/Transit 18, flashing accoring to MM, NEW
>70- 21 B h     4354/Delta 1 R/B, flashing according to MM, NEW
>70- 85 A !     4583/Meteor1-6, started flashing acc to Chris Wyatt, NEW
>74-  1 B !     07094/ NEW C 628 rocket, MMjump in June 98, to be checked
>74- 89 B       7530/OSCAR 7, flashing according to Jean-Pierre Rohart, NEW
>75- 43 A       7816/OPS6226 (?), spysat ?, flashing, NEW
>75- 81 D h     8418/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing according to Mike McCants, NEW
>76-  6 D h     8701/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing according to MM, NEW
>76- 53 F h     8910/Delta 1 R/B, discovered flashing by MM, NEW
>76- 66 C h     9017/Delta 1 R/B(2), discovered flashing by MM, NEW
>76- 67 B !     9013/C1 Kosmos 839 NEW Flashing ?? to be confirmed
>77- 27 D h     9921/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing according to MM, NEW
>77- 65BA       10223/debris, flashing according to MM, NEW
>77- 65DF       10309/debris, flashing according to MM, NEW
>78- 12 C h     10723/Delta 1 R/B(2), flashing according to MM, NEW
>78- 71 C h     10983/Delta 1 R/B(2), discovered by MM, NEW
>78- 73 D h     11074/SL-12 R/B(Aux Motor), flashing according to MM, NEW
>79-  4 A h     11240/Molniya 3-11,NEW, seen by Russell Eberst
>80- 32 A h     11783/NAVSTAR 6, discovered flashing by MM, NEW
>80- 63 D h     11909/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing according to MM, NEW
>80- 85 A g     12032/Cosmos 1217, flashing according to MM, NEW
>81-  2 A h     12133/Molniya 3-14, flashing NEW
>82- 82 A g     13431/Anik D1 (Telesat 6), flashing acc to Jay Respler,NEW
>82-110 C g     13652/Anik C3 (Telesat 5), flashing acc. to Jay Respler, NEW
>82-110 D h     13658/SBS 3 R/B, flashing acc. to Mike McCants, NEW
>83- 38 E h     14041/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing accoring to MM and RE, NEW
>83- 70 A g     14182/Kosmos1481, flashing according to MM, NEW
>83- 72 B h     14190/Atlas E R/B, flashing according to MM, NEW
>83- 84 H h     14278/SL-12 R/B (Aux Motor), flashing according to MM, NEW
>83-126 A h     14582/Cosmos1518, flashing according to MM, NEW
>84- 55 D h     15030/SL-6 R/B, flashing according to MM, NEW
>85- 35 C h     15679/Ariane 3, third stage flashing acc to MM, NEW
>85- 48 G h     15836/Arabsat 1B R/B (PAM-D), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>85- 76 F h     16001/Leasat 4 R/B(PKM), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>85-109 H h     16295/Satcom K2 R/B(PAM D2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>86- 16 C h     16600/ N2 R/B, Japanese rocket, flshng acc to MM, NEW
>86- 26 C h     16657/Ariane 3 R/B, flashing acc to MM, NEW
>86- 31 D h     16686/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>86- 75 D h     16996/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>87- 48 D h     18086/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>88- 18 C h     18953/Ariane 3 R/B, discovered by MM, NEW
>88- 63 B h     19332/Ariane 3 R/B, discovered by Mike McCants, NEW
>88- 85 G h     19537/SL-12 R/B(Aux Motor), discovered by MM, NEW
>89- 53 C h     20229/Ariane 3 debris, discovered by MM, NEW
>89- 70 B h     20230/H-1 R/B, Japanese rocket, flashing, NEW
>90-  2 C h     20411/Leasat 5 R (PKM), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>90- 45 G h     20631/SL-12 R/B(Aux Motor), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>90- 49 A       20638/ROSAT, started flashing according to Jim Nix, NEW
>90- 55 D h     20666/SL-6 R/B, flashing according to MM, NEW
>90- 74 C h     20764/Marcopolo 2 R/B (PAM), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>90- 77 A g     20770/BS-3A(YURI 3A), NEW flashing geosat discvrd by Ed Cannon
>90- 90 C h     20843/IUS R/B (1), disc. by MM, NEW
>90-110 F h     21011/SL-12 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>91-  1 C h     21049/NATO 4A R/B, disc by MM, NEW
>91- 15 G h     23246/Ariane 44LP debris, discoverd by Mike McCants, NEW
>91- 28 C h     21229/Spacenet 4 R/B(PAM), disc by MM, NEW
>91- 37 C h     21394/Aurora 2 R/B(PAM), disc by MM, NEW
>91- 82 A       21798/DMSP F11, flashing according to Michel Jacquesson, NEW
>91- 87 F h     21829/SL-12 R/B(Aux Motor), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>92- 21 C h     21941/Ariane 44L R/B, flashing acc to MM, NEW
>92- 27 C h     21966/Delta 2 R/B, disc by MM, NEW
>92- 40 D h     22020/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>92- 57 C h     22098/Delta 2 R/B(2), disc by MM, NEW
>93-  3 C h     22315/IUS R/B(1), flash acc to MM, NEW
>93-  7 C h     22448/Delta 2 R/B(1) flash acc to MM, NEW
>93-  8 B b     22488/C1 Kosmos 2233, NEW accelerated in 97, not observed
>lately
>93- 10 H h     22528/SL-12 R/B(Aux Motor), flashing according to RE, NEW
>93- 17 D h     22584/Delta 2 R/B(2) flashing acc to Mike McCants, NEW
>93- 25 D h     22636/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>93- 32 C h     22659/SL-6 R/B(2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>93- 54 C h     22781/Delta 2 (2), flashing acc to MM, NEW
>93- 68 C h     22879/Delta 2 R/B(2), disc by MM, NEW
>93- 72 E h     22925/SL12 R/B(Aux Motor), disc by MM, NEW
>94- 55 C h     23229/Optus B3 PKM, discovered by MM, NEW
>94- 85 A       23439/Radio Rosto, discovered by MM, NEW
>95- 26 D h     23587/SL-6 R/B(2), discovered by MM, NEW
>95- 64 C h     23725/CSL-5 R/B(PKM), discovered by MM, NEW
>95- 73 C h     23756/CSL-5 R/B PKM, discovered by MM, NEW
>96- 49 A       24285/FAST, discovered by MM, NEW
>96- 70 B h     24675/Centaur R/B, discovered by MM, NEW
>97- 28 C       24829/fourth stage DM5, flashing according to MM, NEW
>98-  2 B       25135/Delta second stage, discovered by MM,NEW
>98- 43 D b     25397/Gurwin Techsat 1B, flashing acc to Antero Olkkonen,NEW
>98- 49 B       NEW
>98- 51 D       NEW
>98- 54 B       NEW
>98- 57 B   h?  NEW, flashing according to Ron Lee
>