SATOBS ML (remote), 18 Jan 2016: UNID in HEO

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:58:19 +0100
Observations of a UNID:

00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118223744000 17 75 0707016+648503 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118223804000 17 75 0707218+648582 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118224005000 17 75 0709161+649016 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118224025000 17 75 0709362+649092 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118224225000 17 75 0711316+649509 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118224247000 17 75 0711520+649578 56
00000 00 000X   9461 G 20160118224447000 17 75 0713469+649970 56

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0.60-meter F/3 Schmidt + CCD + Astrometrica software + UCAC4
Piszkéstetö Stn. (Konkoly Obs.). (MPC 461), Hungary
47.91754 N,  19.89365 E, 938 m
What these numbers mean: http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
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These observations are from a chance detection of a slow satellite made by 
Krisztián Sárneczky in the Piszkéstetö asteroid survey, using the 0.6-m Schmidt 
telescope of Piszkéstetö, Hungary.

The object is visible crossing the ~70 arcminute FOV in 4 images taken between 
22:35:44.0 - 22:44:47.0 UT.

I cannot identify it with any known object. A VERY tentative orbit fit results 
in a ~63 degree inclined orbit with mean motion ~1.5 rev/day, suggesting a 
Molniya-like orbit:

UNID
1 00000U 00000X   16018.94637731 0.00000000  00000-0  50000-4 0    08
2 00000  63.2656  30.0801 6158400 266.7731 175.7889  1.49729651    07

Note that this is on an arc of only 7 minutes though, so take the MM etcetera 
with a grain of salt.

If someone (Cees?) finds a likely candidate, let me know!

- Marco

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Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
e-mail: sattrackcam_at_langbroek.org

Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
Station (b)log: http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com
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