Top 10 favorite bright satellites?

From: José Luis Ruiz via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:44:51 +0200
Also add the GlobalStar, as they reappear now as a theme, I also saw good
flashes, the Soyuz when they go out to the ISS, and in general, all those
who are approaching towards the re-entry are usually very bright.
But even though it sounds weird, I was going to add to Breeze -M Deb
(Tank), I do not know which particular one was before joining SeeSat and
through Heavens-Above, possibly in April 2014. I remember the main stars of
Asterism of the Great Bear still glowed faintly on a completely clear day,
the horizon to the west, completely clean still was full of light. The
Heavens-Above forecast that it would cross most of the sky in just 2
minutes, and the first half in much less than one minute in the
west-to-east direction, and with an estimated brightness of about +1 Not
remember exactly, but in the best of cases, only a few tenths of magnitude
less). I did not know what the real magnitude would be, because I did not
have experience of seeing many days in a row and under different
conditions, but it might rival Venus to be there (at least it could have
been -3 or -4 ) Rise, at less magnitude -3 to -4, from it West horizon. It
rose at full speed, at first more or less with the same brightness, and
then gradually diminished. I've been in search of the only photo that I got
to leave to leave a more concrete data, and at last I found it. That was
April 17, 2014, about 21:27 local time (possibly 20:27 UTC). Another fact
that I remember is that at the time of leaving the west, according to
Heavens-Above, the satellite was only 80 kilometers high, but as it had a
large elliptical orbit quickly and as it seemed to approach me as I
ascended to the zenith , Really was moving away from me, and its brilliance
consequently was diminishing. I remember that I spent some days trying to
find some similar satellite that could do that again, but I did not find
any nearby (I think it was a coincidence of a rather rare case). When they
are seen, it is normal to see them a few hundred kilometers, around
magnitude +2, or it may be a little brighter and only for a certain time
before being lost to the naked eye. By the way, in my photo, I just left
the name of the type of satellite (I did not know about Norad or ID yet),
and at least the date and time, and see it in the photograph, and only with
magnitude +2, Asterism of the Ursa Major. But it was my first great
experience with satellites (I had seen more normal ones before), and I was
even scared at first, since it was very rare for me to see something like
this coming out just a few degrees above the Sun below the horizon .
I apologize for sharing that great first experience I had and to extend so
much.
Regards.
-- 
José Luis Ruiz Gómez
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