Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Tue, 9 Jul 1996 09:38:11 -0400

Here is an observation report from the western Canada
observer. He has reported not seeing the payload, even
though he was able to see the rocket in roughly
similar observing conditions. I recommend that
observers continue to expect the payload at the
predicted time tonight.

If observers do not see it tonight, then we can assume a 
major manoeuvre occurred sometime after Pierre Neirinck's
obs of 8 July 22:43 UTC, and western Canada observer's
non-obs of 9 July 6:14 UTC.

Observers who do not see it under good conditions may wish
to wait for it to appear at a latter time. How much later
is difficult to say, not knowing the exact time of a
manoeuvre, nor its size. If the object simply moved to a
somewhat higher LEO orbit, then it would be expected to
appear sometime up to about one orbital period later, say
1.6 to 2 hours. Of course, allowance has to be made for the 
Earth's rotation.

Bye for now

Start report for 9 July 1996:

96038A r
5h 55m 38.5s 9 Jul 96 GMT
9h 44.5m RA  +53.2d Dec  (2000.0)
5h 55m 57.3s 9 Jul 96 GMT
9h 11.0m RA  +63.5d Dec  (2000.0)
5h 56m 59.2s 9 Jul 96 GMT
0h 18.0m RA  +58.5d Dec  (2000.0)

10 flashes timed in 14.8 secs, secondary max just before primary. Max mag of
flashes not much more than 1st. 

Watched for 96038A (payload) from pass time 6h14m all the way through 6h42m
using naked eye and 7x50 binocs but didn't see it.

Obs site: 51.040N  114.078W  3450ft elev

elesets used dated 96190.0000

End report