Obs 05 May 2004

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 12:10:50 EDT

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    Observations 05 May 2004:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System), 1004x low
    light level CCD surveillance camera (0.003 lux) with 145mm focal
    length f/2.5 lens with focal length reducer, field of view
    1.89 x 1.43 degrees.
    
    Conditions terrible-very bright full moon, transparency poor, smoke?
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    14144 83 056D   0433 T 20040505174039000 56 15 0645294+194929 39 V+082 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 T 20040505174112200 56 15 0649354+165708 39 V+080 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 T 20040505174723900 56 15 0752414-414625 39 V+085 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 T 20040505174836700 56 15 0821473-580842 39 V+084 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 T 20040505172408600 56 15 0721584-340036 39 V+095 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 T 20040505172918400 56 15 0936536-680230 39 V+093 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 T 20040505173136500 56 15 1414473-734406 39 V+093 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 T 20040505173304800 56 15 1622315-655253 39 V+094 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 T 20040505181238300 56 15 0651362-022916 39 S+057 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 T 20040505181336000 56 15 0730246-012636 39 S+052 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 T 20040505181534100 56 15 0921182+025919 39 S+053 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 T 20040505181702200 56 15 1102492+074303 39 S+048 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 T 20040505181929700 56 15 1223396+055704 39 S+078 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 T 20040505185727400 56 15 1301423+043843 39 S+081 05
    14112 83 056A   0433 T 20040505183838800 56 15 0406265-683035 39 V+075 05
    14112 83 056A   0433 T 20040505183852900 56 15 0349552-701046 39 V+074 05
    14112 83 056A   0433 T 20040505183911600 56 15 0324006-721020 39 V+081 05
    11389 79 050A   0433 T 20040505184245200 56 15 0430205-570020 39 V+075 05
    11389 79 050A   0433 T 20040505184331000 56 15 0520276-472842 39 V+076 05
    
    11389 79 050A   0433 T 20040505184415200 56 15 0554304-355835 39 V+081 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Not a good night - I should have gone to bed early! About an hour
        into the tracking session discovered I had NOT switched the video
        recorder on - lost 7 satellites - duh!!
    
    (2) USA125 R2 was very difficult tonight - very faint the entire pass-
        sometimes I think I was tracking on noisy pixels in the video
        image.
    
    (3) Saw one interesting looking "unknown" later identified as #27390
        aka 02011B, orbit 250 x 26854 kms, i= 26.9, p=466 minutes.
        Observed at a range of 7500kms, basically about mag 7 with a slow
        smooth variation in the few seconds I watched it.
    
    (4) Comet Neat at about magnitude +1 looked quite nice despite the
        full moon.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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