SPY SAT OBSERVATIONS

Jay Respler (jrespler@injersey.com)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 02:37:14 -0400 (EDT)

I finally had some decent nights on Friday and Saturday.
 I logged 30-33 sats each night.

Observed NOSS 3A on 6/6/96 at 2:00:12 UT.  mag 9.3
RA 13h 12.3m,  DEC 33.00 deg,  Epoch 1950.
Long 74d 14m W. Lat 40d 17m N. Alt 129 ft.
 
Observed NOSS 2-3 on 6/6/96 at 2:27:42 UT.  mag 5.9
RA 17h 22.3m,  DEC 8.14 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
Observed Alexis on 6/6/96/96 at 3:11:11.5 UT.  mag 7.3, var  irreg
RA 18h 24.9m,  DEC 48.31 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
Observed NOSS 2-3 on 6/6/96 at 4:18:49 UT.  mag 7.5
RA 12h 09.8m,  DEC 55.98 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
96 29 C followed by 35 sec., same path and mag.

Observed NOSS 2-3 on 6/8/96 at 2:50:12 UT.
RA 15h 33.6m,  DEC 36.90 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
Observed 96 29C on 6/8/96 at 2:50:30 UT.
RA 15h 35.3m,  DEC 36.89 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
Observed US 116 on 6/8/96 at 4:55:47.5 UT.  mag 6.2
RA 20h 12.6m,  DEC 40.18 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
Observed US 116 on 6/9/96 at 5:41:16.5 UT. mag 5.3
RA 15h 36.8m,  DEC 30.14 deg,  Epoch 1950.
 
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Elements used:
US116 
1 23728U 95066  A 96142.99939185 0.00000210  00000-0  13976-4 0    09
2 23728  97.7611 253.4578 0427330 335.4015  24.5984 14.54455486    07
NOSS 2-3 
1 23862U 96029  A 96156.97541120  .00096705  00000-0  17402 0 0    06
2 23862  63.3641 210.1052 0063267 171.9488 188.1532 13.40462659    07
96-29C
1 96293U 96029  C 96156.97492510  .00000040  00000-0  71644-4 0    02
2 96293  63.4195 210.0452 0081807 174.1946 185.9008 13.40258180    02


Predictions and some observations:

***  1996 June  5  Wed evening  *** Times are PM EDT ***  2121  428
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
10 28 10  .0 117 41C 272 21.3   4 6  721 244 1011 1721  9.0      NOSS 2-3
10 28 25  .0 118 41C 272 21.3   4 6  719 248  997 1718  9.2      96 29 C
***  1996 June  6  Thu morning  *** Times are AM EDT ***  2121  428
 0 19 23  .0 315 46C  92 21.9   4 7  714 456  929 12 2 57.2      NOSS 2-3
 0 19 43  .0 316 46C  92 21.9   4 7  713 457  932 1159 57.6      96 29 C

 1996 June  7  Fri evening  *** Times are PM EDT ***  2123  428
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
10 40 10  .1 77 72C 273 20.1   9 0  505 244  527 1622 41.9       Skipper
    var slow  8 - >9
10 50 51  .0 125 83C 273 20.8   6 6  718 419  723 1527 36.2      NOSS 2-3
10 51 12  .0 125 85C 273 20.8   6 6  717 423  719 1521 37.0      96 29 C

 0 42 51  .0 324 26C  91 23.2   6 7  710 576 1284  953 57.6      NOSS 2-3
 Reached mag 3.9 for a few sec, slowly faded.

 0 43 16  .0 325 26C  91 23.2   6 7  709 577 1285  949 58.1      96 29 C
 Barely seen through haze.  Mag 7 1/2


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