Two flashing geosynchs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 10:15:53 PDT

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    UNID A
    I've been watching an UNID geosynch with a flash period of
    about 24 seconds (brightest maxima about +4.5?) for a few 
    nights but have not identified it yet because I find 
    getting positions using my handheld 10x50 binoculars to be 
    VERY DIFFICULT!  And Mike McCants, who would have nailed
    it days ago, has had scheduling conflicts and hasn't had an 
    opportunity to see it yet.  So, many thanks to an observer 
    in Colorado who also observed it last night and got this 
    position measurement:
    
    ] position at 04:01:04 UT about RA 14:45.7 (H:M.m) and 
    ] Dec -3:38 (D:M) (J2000)
    ] Date 7 Jun 2000.  (or 10:01 PM MDT on 6 Jun)
    
    UNID D - TDF 2?
    Last night still in twilight I saw in my binocs another
    one flashing to about +4.0 or brighter with a period of 
    21+ seconds.  I watched it for over 40 minutes.  As best
    I have been able to determine so far, it may have been 
    TDF 2 (20705, 90-063A).  It was a very interesting 
    flasher with slow double-flashes.  More to follow, I 
    hope!
    
    UNIDs B and C are so far "two that got away"....
    
    Observing location:  30.314N, 97.866W, 280m
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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