some observations 21/7 + comet

Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 01:28:34 PDT

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         1st observations for about a month due to horrible weather!
         Saw 2 flares from 24680 USA 129 on 21/7 - 1st around 21:27UT, bright 
         (-4) 3 second flare in SW, sat was then vsisble with naked eye (in 
         twilight) until 21:29UT at maximum elevation (63 deg) in Bootes, a 
         brief flash (mag -0) then faded completely.
         Looked for but didn't see 25861 Okean-O r (to my suprise, even though 
         it was twilight).
         Saw a beautiful flare from Iridium 70 on 21/7 23:34UT high up (around 
         60 deg) - very bright (I'm sure it cast shadows!) - around -8.
         As I was out I looked in Ursa Major and located Comet Linear, easily 
         visible in binoculars.  Sadly the weather has worsened considerably 
         since 21/7 and the comet will be out of view this time next week for 
         me.  I hope to catch it again before then - I recommend you look at it 
         if you get the chance.
         Clear Skies
         Matt Fawcett
         53.893N 0.273W
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