Re: UNID identification help requested

From: Patrick Schmeer via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:37:45 +0100
Hello, Ron,
How accurate are the times? +/-1 sec?
What magnitude was that satellite?

It seems very unlikely but could it have been
SECOR 3 (1965-016E, 01208)?

Clear skies,

ronlee--- via Seesat-l <> wrote:
 A week ago I arrived home well after sunset and
 while looking at stars to the east noticed a relatively
 bright northbound satellite.  It is in a polar orbit
 but I am not certain if it was in the 95-98 degree
 inclination range or less.
 The following very rough position and times are provided.
 14 May 2015 UT
 1)  3:16:35 UT RA 14 hr 49 min, Dec +12 deg 19 min
 2)  3:17:23 UT RA 15 hr 33 min, Dec +27 deg 21 min
 Lat= 38.947800
 Long=-104.561400 (J104.5614 West)
 Alt=       2073 meters
 I ran Skymap with available elsets and did not see a match
 using a ten minute search window.
 Deriving an elset may be difficult especially with the
 less than accurate time between the two points but if one
 can be generated it may still allow me to find it again
 if the weather ever clears.
 Perhaps assume a circular orbit and typical polar orbit
 Ron Lee
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