Ariane 5 Launch Object Obs

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sat, 01 Nov 1997 22:57:49 -0700

Of the three currently catalogued objects, I saw two.
Missed #25026 (97066D).  Must have been fainter than about
mag 10.5.  Less than desirable viewing conditions.

Object    Time         RA       DEC      Range     COSPAR
          (UT)      (HH:MM.M) (DD:MM.M)   Km

25023   05:07:27.2   22:38.0   -28:18.4  12546   97-066 A
25024   04:58:17.8   22:39.0   -28:36    12345   97-066 B

Matson format phase 109 degrees for both.

Also saw #23127 (94-034 D  Ariane Rkt) while observing #25023.
Wonder if it is the same size as the rocket I missed tonight?
This was an unexpected sighting

long - 104.5614 W, lat - 38.9478 N, elevation - 2073 m

all times are UT on 2 Nov 97  (The time for #25023 was originally
recorded as 05:06:27.2 but that is a minute early.  Probably started
the watch at 05:06 UT instead of the preferred 05:05).

Used an 8" telescope at 120x.

Ron Lee