Obs 09 Mar 2003

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Mon Mar 10 2003 - 06:13:14 EST

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    Observations made 09 March 2003
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    CoSaTrak 1, 85mm f/1.6 lens with 0.003 lux CCD surveillance camera.
    
    Conditions -good - Seeing good
    
    Cospar Site #0433  Long 18.5129 E, Lat 33.9406 S, altitude 10 metres
    
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309183921600 17 15 0855456+114534 39 S+075 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309184910000 17 15 0905336+113315 39 S+073 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309185336800 17 15 0910062+112652 39 S+073 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309190014200 17 15 0916485+112024 39 S+075 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309193600000 17 15 0952445+102831 39 S+073 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309194022400 17 15 0957110+102140 39 S+073 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309200434800 17 15 1021292+094218 39 S+068 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309201600000 17 15 1033035+092146 39 S+069 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309203500800 17 15 1052037+084732 39 S+072 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309204102700 17 15 1058049+083810 39 S+078 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309214804800 17 15 1205237+062523 39 S+078 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309215653000 17 15 1214076+060613 39 S+074 02
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20030309215953700 17 15 1217079+060222 39 S+077 02
    
    Notes:
    (1) All observations of "new" geostationary satellite discovered a few
        days ago - magnitude estimates are quite accurate as I used comparison
        stars in the vicinity of the satellite. I suspect the satellite has a
        long period variability of the order of minutes. This object must be
        pretty BIG!
    
    (2) Shadow entry detected 20h41m00UT approximately, invisible by 20h41m49s.
         Shadow exit approximately 21h47m29s UT.
    
    (3) Seeing was quite good - I could see magnitude 9.6 stars on the monitor .
    I was
          running GUIDE 8 on a pc next to the monitor and did frequent magnitude
    checks.
          It also helped to ensure that my camera was pointing where it should
    be pointing.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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