Re: Optical 17 June 2009-Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Jun 20 2009 - 06:45:37 UTC

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     Morning Peter
    
     96098 (UI098 in ESA REPORT #11)  is identified as EKRAN 5  #11890 1980-060A so
     my EKRAN 3 is wrong--never rely on memory when one becomes a fossil :-))) - I
     must check my identification file in case I typed "3" instead of "5".
    
     96036 (UI036 in ESA REPORT #11) is identified as INTELSAT 3F7  #04376 
    1970-032A.
     When I was setting up on the position of  96036 on the 17th (before I started
     exposing) I thought I had an image of it but it faded out and I did not record
     it in 15 exposures of about 30 seconds length so either it was my imagination 
    or
     the satellite has a l-o-n-g spell of invisibility.
    
     I have seen both of these at least once and they were not difficult but have
     failed to see them subsequently on several occassions so possibly my original
     observations were of something else ?
    
     MERCURY-1 appears to have moved - this is normally an EASY object. One of our
     colleagues (Denis) described the satellite as having a "mad driver" as its
     always changing position. I wonder if earlier moves will give a clue as to 
    where
     it is now ?
    
     Mike did indicate in his notes that UFO-2 was moving towards end of May 2009.
    
     Cheers
     Greg
    
    >
    > ----- Original Message ----- 
    > From: "Peter Wakelin" <Peter@ascotrig.demon.co.uk>
    > Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 11:33 PM
    > Subject: Re:  Optical 17 June 2009-Part 1
    >
    >> Hello, Greg,
    >>
    >> Is 96098 really Ekran 3?
    >>
    >> SpaceTrack has TLEs for 11273 / 79-15A / Ekran 3 which put it at 100E
    >> whereas Mike's INT96 TLEs for 96098 put it near to 7W.
    >>
    >> Peter
    >>
    >> In message <000c01c9f0f7$06f68f60$2679f129@astrocom>, Greg Roberts
    >> <grr@telkomsa.net> writes
    >>>(4)Looks like MERCURY 1 (#23223) (used to be called 90016) has moved again.
    >>>   Unable to find it but I did not spend too much time hunting for it as
    >>>   clouds were threatening. UFO-F02 has also apparently moved as I was
    >>>   unable to find it. EKRAN 3 (96098) and INTELSAT 3F7 (#04376) remain as
    >>>   elusive as ever - dont know why they are so faint ? -
    >>
    >> -- 
    >> Peter Wakelin
    >> _______________________________________________
    
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