Obs 22 June 2006 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Fri Jun 23 2006 - 13:06:22 EDT

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    Observations 22 JUNE 2006:
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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,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 2.56 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060622170250200 56 15 0524187-615752 39  +080 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060622170426100 56 15 0738459-361609 39  +075 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060622170519000 56 15 0816257-160920 39  +080 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060622170615500 56 15 0840597+024840 39  +085 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20060622173312400 56 15 1446540+012811 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060622173949400 56 15 1421274+332528 39  +080 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060622174245400 56 15 1447255+282820 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060622174503000 56 15 1514248+231110 39  +070 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060622174659900 56 15 1544441+171102 39  +060 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060622174917500 56 15 1633070+072741 39  +065 05
    90037 05 638A   0433 G 20060622175134800 56 15 1703209-042057 39  +080 05
    90035 05 638A   0433 G 20060622175745700 56 15 1621280+051552 39  +100 05
    90036 05 638A   0433 G 20060622180147500 56 15 1718444+032436 39  +105 05
    90038 05 638B   0433 G 20060622180518900 56 15 1718488+020448 39  +095 05
    90042 05 828A   0433 G 20060622180945500 56 15 1620512+062153 39  +110 05
    90043 05 835A   0433 G 20060622181919200 56 15 1127016+053116 39  +105 05
    90048 05 605B   0433 G 20060622182647000 56 15 1757104+041047 39  +110 05
    90053 05 551A   0433 G 20060622183229100 56 15 1046385+062418 39  +105 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20060622184122900 56 15 1446527+060815 39  +110 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20060622184716500 56 15 1452478+060028 39  +105 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20060622184931900 56 15 1319475+074505 39  +105 05
    90031 05 546A   0433 G 20060622190414600 56 15 1808499+044344 39  +095 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060622190952200 56 15 1320095+042550 39  +080 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060622191101900 56 15 1321175+042605 39  +080 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060622191201400 56 15 1322189+042453 39  +080 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060622191402100 56 15 1324198+042412 39  +080 05
    
    Another bright unknown geostationary ?
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    91071 06 173GEO 0433 G 20060622190952200 56 15 1317243+041856 39  +080 05
    91071 06 173GEO 0433 G 20060622191101900 56 15 1318306+041838 39  +080 05
    91071 06 173GEO 0433 G 20060622191201400 56 15 1319329+041839 39  +080 05
    91071 06 173GEO 0433 G 20060622191402100 56 15 1321338+041803 39  +080 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    Cosmos 842 rocket
    09044 76 070B   0433 G 20060622164458600 56 15 1042475+202734 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 2268 rocket
    23005 94 011G   0433 G 20060622165544500 56 15 0516128-603039 39  +080 05
    Thuraya 2 geostationary
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20060622173337200 56 15 1446221+004856 39  +105 05
    Intelsat 904 geostationary
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20060622175745700 56 15 1620205+051657 39  +105 05
    Pas 4 geostationary
    23636 95 040A   0433 G 20060622180147500 56 15 1717296+050928 39  +110 05
    Kupon geostationary
    25045 97 070A   0433 G 20060622180945500 56 15 1617516+063348 39  +115 05
    NSS703 Intelsat geostationary
    23305 94 064A   0433 G 20060622181253200 56 15 1623318+051809 39  +110 05
    Insat 3C geostationary
    27298 02 002A   0433 G 20060622182647000 56 15 1750518+050758 39  +100 05
    Kalpana 1 geostationary
    27525 02 043A   0433 G 20060622182647000 56 15 1751029+050651 39  +100 05
    LMI 1 geostationary
    25924 99 053A   0433 G 20060622182647000 56 15 1755042+050733 39  +105 05
    Astra geostationary - see notes
    00000 00 000A   0433 G 20060622184122900 56 15 1442343+052525 39  +095 05
    Astra geostationary - see notes
    00000 00 000B   0433 G 20060622184122900 56 15 1442379+053100 39  +095 05
    Eurobird geostationary
    26719 01 011A   0433 G 20060622184122900 56 15 1443532+052750 39  +095 05
    Xtar-Eur geostationary
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20060622184122900 56 15 1446044+052812 39  +080 05
    Telecom 1B geostationary variable - regular ?
    15678 85 035B   0433 G 20060622184931900 56 15 1312440+072123 39  +110 05
    Pas 10 geostationary
    26766 01 019A   0433 G 20060622190414600 56 15 1804548+051049 39  +095 05
    Pas 7 geostationary
    25473 98 052A   0433 G 20060622190414600 56 15 1805424+051038 39  +090 05
    Eutelsat W5
    27554 02 051A   0433 G 20060622190820300 56 15 1817331+050544 39  +085 05
    
    
    Notes :
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    (1) I saw two Astra satellites where SPACETRACK show 3 so I dont know
        which is which - not that it is important.
    
    (2) The new unknown looks very interesting. Its about 3/4 degree away from
        MILSTAR 5,has the same brightness and is also steady. I am reasonably
        sure I dont have the two mixed up - ie Milstar 5 reported is Milstar 5
        and not the unknown. (Mike--any chance it may be #91067 found 23 May,
        inclination around 3.7 degrees?).
    
    (3) Still have some more to measure-eg #90029 (seen) and several search
        regions to go through- hopefully report tomorrow.
    
    (4) I will soon have to take my system out of operation for a while
        as the intermittent problems I am having - loss of power to the
        MINTRON camera and loss of power to the stepper motors - is getting
        worse. The system was installed about 5 years ago and many of the
        contacts/connections have corroded or tarnished so it looks like I
        will have to replace all wiring and use new/better connections.Since
        part of the cabling is in an underground pipe this will all have to
        be checked. I will try and delay doing this until the full of the
        moon.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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