(somewhat OT:) Accidental "re-discovery" of Uranus while observing 97-064A :-p

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Sun Jan 18 2009 - 20:02:19 UTC

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    Hi all,
    A funny anecdote from this evening's Lacrosse 3 (97-064A) observations...
    On both two images I took of Lacrosse 3 passing just above the rooftops, I noted 
      a relatively bright star close to the trail end during astrometric measurement 
    of the images.
    A star that let itself not identify.... hmm, that's weird...
    So I measured its position with AstroRecord (as I was measuring the Lacrosse 3 
    trail anyway) and got (18 Jan 2009, 17:49:12.3 UTC):
    RA 350.855, dec -4.751
    = 23h 23m 25.2s, -4 45' 03.6"
    Check in Astplot: no bright star nor a bright asteroid on that position. 
    Downloaded a NEAT image of that area, and: no bright star on that position...
    So Oi, could it be a nova?!?!
    Uhm, wait: how about Uranus or Neptune?
    Started up MICA and calculated the position of the outer planets, and yes:
    Astrometric Positions     Mean Equator and Equinox of J2000.0
        Date        Time      Right Ascension     Declination
                  h  m   s       h  m   s             '   "
    2009 Jan 18 17:49:12.3     23 23 24.115     -  4 45 03.16
    Oh well....just 228 years too late... :-p
    Reduced size crop of one of the images with objects annotated here:
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
    e-mail: sattrackcam@wanadoo.nl
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    Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
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