Optical 23 March 2012 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Mar 25 2012 - 11:58:29 UTC

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    Observations 23 MARCH 2012 Part2
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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 200mm focal length. Field of view 5.2 x 3.8 degrees,
    image scale 23.0 arc sec/pixel.
    Images processed manually ...urgggghhh.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    23908 96 029C   0433 G 20120323181806366 55 15 0447061+240106 58
    23908 96 029C   0433 G 20120323181911410 55 15 0456447+180751 58
    23908 96 029C   0433 G 20120323182033008 55 15 0509441+084901 58
    23908 96 029C   0433 G 20120323182142076 55 15 0522213-012430 58
    23936 96 029E   0433 G 20120323200614424 55 15 0342584-145206 58
    23936 96 029E   0433 G 20120323200656126 55 15 0340197-191319 58
    23936 96 029E   0433 G 20120323200753643 55 15 0334432-253602 58
    23936 96 029E   0433 G 20120323200922242 55 15 0320250-362210 58
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20120323205213178 55 15 0535221-064014 58
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20120323205325814 55 15 0549085-053054 58
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20120323205559106 55 15 0621007-021820 58
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20120323205714522 55 15 0638250-001600 58
    25746 99 028C   0433 G 20120323192034813 55 15 0248439-231243 58
    25746 99 028C   0433 G 20120323192230145 55 15 0248152-304001 58
    25746 99 028C   0433 G 20120323192349585 55 15 0246357-360552 58
    25746 99 028C   0433 G 20120323192530537 55 15 0242150-432332 58
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20120323172956717 55 15 0413129-461236 58
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20120323173036480 55 15 0522069-292827 58
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20120323173116239 55 15 0611452-095934 58
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20120323173147576 55 15 0640371+033108 58
    31701 07 027A   0433 G 20120323201755267 55 15 0326006-254112 58
    31701 07 027A   0433 G 20120323201821344 55 15 0321588-285444 58
    31701 07 027A   0433 G 20120323201857811 55 15 0314497-333332 58
    31701 07 027A   0433 G 20120323201923838 55 15 0308381-365821 58
    31708 07 027C   0433 G 20120323201755267 55 15 0327458-245302 58
    31708 07 027C   0433 G 20120323201821344 55 15 0323535-280620 58
    31708 07 027C   0433 G 20120323201857811 55 15 0317023-324401 58
    31708 07 027C   0433 G 20120323201923838 55 15 0311032-360939 58
    32750 08 014A   0433 G 20120323173814735 55 15 0923074+235150 58
    32750 08 014A   0433 G 20120323173925742 55 15 0935095-022015 58
    32750 08 014A   0433 G 20120323174007834 55 15 0952379-290112 58
    32750 08 014A   0433 G 20120323174124858 55 15 1205381-735834 58
    35937 09 052A   0433 G 20120323204350312 55 15 0401324-221221 58
    35937 09 052A   0433 G 20120323204534557 55 15 0443274-152828 58
    35937 09 052A   0433 G 20120323204703158 55 15 0519523-074325 58
    35937 09 052A   0433 G 20120323204810918 55 15 0547262-004316 58
    35938 09 052B   0433 G 20120323203111660 55 15 0337110-265411 58
    35938 09 052B   0433 G 20120323203240251 55 15 0414439-222412 58
    35938 09 052B   0433 G 20120323203419271 55 15 0458580-145139 58
    35938 09 052B   0433 G 20120323203553075 55 15 0541334-051340 58
    37228 10 062G   0433 G 20120323180221920 55 15 1459077-533609 58
    37228 10 062G   0433 G 20120323180306838 55 15 1414018-462123 58
    37228 10 062G   0433 G 20120323180332499 55 15 1352578-412052 58
    37228 10 062G   0433 G 20120323180351784 55 15 1339346-371927 58
    10594 77 112F   0433 G 20120323194549441 55 15 0611173-114814 58
    10594 77 112F   0433 G 20120323194704343 55 15 0623237-242737 58
    10594 77 112F   0433 G 20120323194806451 55 15 0635117-355823 58
    10594 77 112F   0433 G 20120323194933358 55 15 0657404-522729 58
    14728 84 012C   0433 G 20120323202947508 55 15 0345459-251411 58
    15543 85 010B   0433 G 20120323222756900 55 15 1618483-082803 58
    15543 85 010B   0433 G 20120323222902541 55 15 1619553-083109 58
    15543 85 010B   0433 G 20120323222945528 55 15 1620402-083354 58
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20120323221820554 55 15 1412511+052333 58
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20120323221626635 55 15 1410555+052344 58
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20120323221659474 55 15 1411287+052343 58
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    =========================
    37393 11 016B   0433 G 20120323221820544 55 15 1412452+052400 58
    37393 11 016B   0433 G 20120323221626635 55 15 1410495+052351 58
    37393 11 016B   0433 G 20120323221659474 55 15 1411217+052340 58
    32294 07 056B   0433 G 20120323221820554 55 15 1413438+052201 58
    28134 03 060A   0433 G 20120323221820554 55 15 1415089+052104 58
    37253 10 066K   0433 G 20120323194549441 55 15 0611379-161452 58
    07268 74 024D   0433 G 20120323191827869 55 15 0241231-224816 58
    28944 06 006B   0433 G 20120323174406379 55 15 0832111+303414 58  +065 05
    29350 06 034B   0433 G 20120323174406379 55 15 0843323+285043 58  +065 05
    15333 84 106A   0433 G 20120323193811663 55 15 0540543+093452 58
    25291 98 021G   0433 G 20120323201857811 55 15 0311255-342051 58
    25290 98 021F   0433 G 20120323200937874 55 15 0315360-360153 58
    37608 11 022D   0433 G 20120323181806366 55 15 0447008+233600 58
    33408 08 053A   0433 G 20120323175302906 55 15 0846514+311322 58  +070 05
    09329 76 073B   0433 G 20120323175703560 55 15 1013579+004641 58
    10025 77 041B   0433 G 20120323224502373 55 15 1208583-163331 58
    27518 02 042D   0433 G 20120323223416295 55 15 1151336-142846 58
    27518 02 042D   0433 G 20120323224502373 55 15 1203226-160651 58
    21819 91 086A   0433 G 20120323175556165 55 15 0956087+074054 58  +065 05
    25288 98 021D   0433 G 20120323181103828 55 15 1341291-441403 58  +065 05
    09903 77 024A   0433 G 20120323190937178 55 15 1553081-585225 58  +055 05
    08421 75 103B   0433 G 20120323180732002 55 15 1559351-615630 58  +065 05
    12904 81 103B   0433 G 20120323180529076 55 15 1552117-593257 58  +045 05
    
    NOTES:
    ---------------
    (1) UNKNOWN #1 reported yesterday is #33411 CZ-4B DEB
    
    (2) UNKNOWN #2 is much more interesting. Thanks to Mike McCants for
        possible identification as NOSS 3(C) - lost for about a year ,or
        NOSS 3(D) lost for about two years! I plan to observe again tonight-
        weather permitting and this will be the prime target in an attempt
        to tie the orbital period down more accurately. Thanks Mike.
    
    (3) See I did another pass of NOSS 2(F) - making three successive passes
        in a row which helped reveal a missing NOSS 3 object.
        This pass appears to be the correct NOSS 2(F) object.
    
    (4) Still have a few more images to examine but dont expect anything
        exciting - slight difficulty in identifying the fields :-(((
    
    (5) I like observing satellites but I HATE the measuring!!!! When I use
        the Nikon lens it takes two days to process the observations-
        roughly 8-12 hours(min) as I have something like over a thousand
        images to examine ( about 1.7 Gbytes of data)- approx 70 per each
        leo satellite. As this report is typed manually one can expect some
        typing errors from time to time...
    
    (6) Now to see what is worthwhile observing tonight ......
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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