J002E3 imaged -- 5 minutes late

From: Rick Baldridge (rickbaldridge@msn.com)
Date: Sun Mar 30 2003 - 18:11:28 EST

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    Succeeded in imaging J002E3 for my first time last night.  I plotted the
    track using JPL Horizons' ephemeris, (body information below for reference).
    J002E3 was approximately 5 minutes late, which is about 2 arc-minutes in
    position.  Track was very close to prediction, just late.  Distance was
    0.00298605 AUs or 277,000 miles -- beyond the Moon's orbit.  Definitely the
    furthest thing I've seen man-made!  I estimate it was 16.5 mag or slightly
    fainter.
    
    Photo at:
    http://photos.yahoo.com/rickbaldridge   Click on "StellaCam" album and check
    out the first image labeled J002E3.
    Other photos show what the camera can do through a 16" f5 Newtonian prime
    focus.
    
    This isn't the proper forum for this, but let me briefly say the StellaCam
    is a very nice tool for satellite-watchers.  Amazing what this camera can
    do.  With a 24mm f.l. f2.8 lens, it easily sees fainter than I can see
    naked-eye in real-time (with some integration) -- as good or better than my
    image intensifier set-up except for the time resolution since the frames
    integrate.  But it's easy to use.  I've only had the camera 1 week and
    imaging J002E3 is the highlight so far!
    
    Rick Baldridge
    Campbell, CA
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    HORIZONS Body Information
    ****************************************************************************
    ***
     Revised: Feb 10, 2002
                         -998
    
       Data arc: 2002-Dec-02 to 2003-Feb-09
       181 observations.  JPL solution #25 (includes solar pressure model).
    
       Spectral characteristics consistent with white titanium dioxide paint.
       Rotation period 63.5 or 127 seconds. [Hergenrother & Whiteley]
    
       Orbit uncertainties may be obtained by manually cutting and pasting
       the elements below into Horizons (telnet or e-mail modes only, not web).
       Type a semi-colon at the main prompt to enter input mode.
    
      FK5/J2000.0 ecliptic osculating elements (AU, DAYS and DEG):
    
        EPOCH= 2452635.5
         EC= .02716996030750512  QR= .9828082048864124  TP= 2452603.393971162951
         OM= 123.6179232922736  W = 298.3747297220217  IN= .03898659723443249
         SRC= -2.440234509501828E-9  9.75541534152712D-11  -1.41429229749755D-10
              -7.335267961751142E-9  1.394240573045783E-9  -1.283982899904282E-7
              -2.04439588375164E-8  -4.672555314132231E-9  -2.35702137754843E-5
              -4.199566627825652E-7 -2.78841116413458E-9   -7.952577705997271D-1
    0
              -3.793667300745569E-6  3.446173072393861E-6  -3.51367200683475E-6
              2.412973175025177D-10 -1.909721262332338D-10 -3.601527957936504E-8
              1.048537859943002E-5  -1.048623958380677E-5  -8.803558593944337E-9
    
      Physical parameters:
          H= 25.757              G= (0.15, assumed)       AMRAT= 0.0091
    
     Valid time-span: March 1, 2002 to July 5, 2003.
    
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