Obs 9 June 2005-part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Sat Jun 11 2005 - 10:12:37 EDT

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    Observations 09 June 2005:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens. I normally integrate for
    96 frames for geostationary objects which is equivalent to an
    exposure of 1.92 seconds per image. Successive images are then
    stacked on top of one another 200 times, giving an effective total
    exposure of 200*1.92 seconds = 384 seconds. Stars show up as trailed
    objects whilst geostationary satellites appear as dots if the
    inclination is close to 0 degrees or else as slightly trailed
    objects, the length of the trail depending on the inclination and
    altitude.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    Obs 09 June 2005-part 2:
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    27618 02 001A   0433 E 20050609194026600 56 15 1301009+033728 39  +100 05
    90016 03 766A   0433 E 20050609192912300 56 15 1314482+045012 39  +080 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 E 20050609190712200 56 15 1326319+082407 39  +095 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 E 20050609191422800 56 15 1333481+081441 39  +095 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 E 20050609192354300 56 15 1657320+051415 39  +095 05
    91027 05 625A   0433 E 20050609192354300 56 15 1657359+051622 39  +095 05
    91031 05 638X   0433 E 20050609193115500 56 15 1754286+015630 39  +095 05
    92032 05 638A   0433 E 20050609193846900 56 15 1752466-054648 39  +085 05
    
    
    G-STAR - did single flash to +8.5 during 5 minutes watched
    20946 90 100B   0433 E 20050609185626300 56 15 1213386+081834 39  +085 05
    INTELSAT 902
    26900 01 039A   0433 E 20050609173051800 56 15 1512589+051452 39  +100 05
    ARIANE 44L DEB  420 x 28830 kms,p=504.7m,i=6.5,observed range 30515 km
    28574 91 003P   0433 E 20050609182248200 56 15 1500380+015912 39  +080 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Unusual to see an object with an identification as low as "P" to be
        so bright. Appeared steady and should be quite a spectacular object at
        much lesser ranges.
    
    (2) This concludes 09 June.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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