Optical 24 Jubne 2014 Unknown

From: Greg Roberts via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:40:06 +0200
Observations 24 JUNE 2014
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Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).

FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS

Used with NIKON ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens
set at 88mm focal length. Field of view 696 X 524 arc minutes,
Image measurered manually with GUIDE.

Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa

UNKNOWN1
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99999 99 099A   0433 P 20140624180931322 55 15 1536350+035034 19  +060 05
99999 99 099A   0433 P 20140624180956322 55 15 1540557+035542 19  +060 05

NOTES:
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(1) Whilst observing area of PAN #35815 a bright unknown passed through
    the field of view and was recorded during the 25 second exposure.

(2) The object appeared steady and a rough determination , assuming a
    CIRCULAR orbit ( which it probably is not!) gives the following:

    period 221 minutes, inclination 15.31 degrees, RA Node 291.9 deg
    epoch 14175.7108 , mean motion 6.516 revs/day
    approx altitude during observation 6850 km, standard magnitude +2.7

    appears to be an Ariane GTO object.

(3) I have still many more images of the geosat region to process-going
    painfully slow so may find a few more unknowns - cant let Marco,
    Cees and Kevin find all the unknowns :-)))

Cheers
Greg 

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