MMS (2015-011) Objects Observed.

From: ronlee--- via Seesat-l <>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:24:27 -0600 (MDT)
I just saw four of the five objects from the Atlas/MMS launch
two days ago.  I used an 8 inch Celestron and the faintest
object was around magnitude 8.

That corresponds to a standard magnitude of 6 which I will
use pending additional observations.

What misled me is that as I was checking limiting magnitude
around two minutes prior to the passage of MMS1, I
saw an object go by with an apparent deviation of about 15
degrees in the expected flight path.

I noted the time and planned to check the identity later.

Then another along the same path and a third and a fourth.

Checking the entire elset database around the middle of the
pass times plus or minus six minutes showed no other satellites
with that path near the target stars.

The first observed satellite was at 03:22:57 UT on 15 March 2015.
RA 7 hr 26 min 29 sec, Dec +09 deg 18' 23"  From Falcon, CO USA.

The other times were not recorded but I will need to do that
on the next attempt as well as start looking sooner.

Ron Lee

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