Ir 20 tum "Optical Delusion"

Jim Nix (nixj@bellsouth.net)
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:45:53 -0600

Hi all,

11/98  35.2123070N   89.9356155W 101m
18
97- 34 C 98-11-18 00:24:40.00 JN 13.00 .02 14  0.92857 1.0-2.5

Notes:
00:24:40-53   15 Flashes, first dozen at 1.5 to 2.0 last few at 2.5.

The "Optical Delusion" is this, I seemed to notice after the major
flashes, as I continued to observe, that there was a constant magnitude
reflection (5.5-6) from Ir 20 just below where the lesser flashes
continued to occur.  Has anyone else been able to discern two points of
reflection from the satellite or is it an Optical Delusion on my part?

A Note on yesterday's obs, the date should be 17th not 16th.

97- 34 E 98-11-17 00:17:01.90  JN 1.25 .02 01  1.25
97- 34 C 98-11-17 00:57:04.00 JN14.00 .02 14  1.0000 2.5-3.0
97- 34 C 98-11-17 00:59:30.63 JN 07.15 .02 07  1.0214 2.0-2.5
90- 49 A 98-11-17 00:35:41.50 JN 54.50 .02 03  18.1666 6.0-inv

Clear skies

Jim