Obs 12/13 Nov 2k2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Nov 13 2002 - 11:24:24 EST

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    Observations made 12/13 Nov 2002  No1
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    CoSaTrak 1, 85mm f/1.6 lens with 0.003 lux CCD surveillance camera.
    Conditions - GOOD - moon present
    
    Cospar Site #0433  Long 18.5129 E, Lat 33.9406 S, altitude 10 metres
    
    25034 97 068A   0433 G 20021112180334600 17 15 1914423-252744 39 S+040 05
    25034 97 068A   0433 G 20021112180615500 17 15 1913394-450112 39 S+036 05
    25034 97 068A   0433 G 20021112180834900 17 15 1900535-670259 39 S+049 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20021112194036800 17 15 1834253-540517 39 R+081 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20021112194524200 17 15 2108526-445351 39 R+060 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20021112194908000 17 15 2243151-254000 39 R+080 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 G 20021112195322600 17 15 2353521+003546 39 R+055 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021112201345400 17 15 0248476-123149 39 S+081 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021112201546700 17 15 0321113-204116 39 I+052 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021112201658800 17 15 0345331-255456 39 S+080 05
    23945 99 999A   0433 G 20021112201750600 17 15 0405526-294044 39 S+084 05
    23945 99 999A   0433 G 20021112202117900 17 15 0553517-421350 39 S+080 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20021112215337300 17 15 1330346-722919 39 S+045 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 G 20021112215357000 17 15 1242029-732158 39 S+040 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021112200952000 17 15 0206237+000108 39 S+087 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021112201301400 17 15 0239090-094952 39 S+084 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021112231145500 17 15 1018404-253650 39 S+067 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20021112224812300 17 15 1116498-505534 39 S+079 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20021112224926000 17 15 1015349-433507 39 R+068 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20021112224848700 17 15 1045505-475114 39 R+073 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20021112233355700 17 15 0654484-021142 39 R+050 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20021112233716900 17 15 0825394-172622 39 R+081 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20021112233746800 17 15 0841212-192713 39 R+083 05
    22519 92 086C   0433 G 20021112234002900 17 15 0956469-263259 39 R+072 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20021112235504600 17 15 0833119-275653 39 R+072 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20021112235608800 17 15 0922497-353123 39 R+073 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20021112235625600 17 15 0934212-364943 39 R+070 05
    20344 89 061D   0433 G 20021112235646100 17 15 0947349-381123 39 R+073 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021113004659600 17 15 1755048-750613 39 S+065 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021113004704400 17 15 1802011-754246 39 S+065 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021113004707000 17 15 1806096-760251 39 S+060 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021113004711200 17 15 1813201-763444 39 S+060 05
    23278 95 066A   0433 G 20021113004717700 17 15 1826044-772329 39 S+060 05
    01822 65 082DM  0433 G 20021112233243300 17 15 0654446-020109 39 S+078 05
    01822 65 082DM  0433 G 20021112233246500 17 15 0700312-015931 39 S+078 05
    01822 65 082DM  0433 G 20021112233241800 17 15 0652249-015210 39 S+078 05
    
    Notes:
    
    (1) Two orbit plane scans were carried out for USA 116, 95066A , and
        observations were secured of an object on both passes. The first
        scan was done at about 9 degrees elevation and the second  at 19 degrees
        elevation.
    
    (2) USA 125, 96038A, is still running very close to the element set
        derived by Ted. What is remarkable about this satellite is that
        it repeats a virtually identical pass each nigh relative to the
        background stars, the only difference from one night to the next
        is that the satellite comes earlier. The satellite shows evidence
        of a low amplitude magnitude variation with a period of the order
        of several minutes.
        On the pass observed the satellite was initially seen at 19:57UT
        at a range of just under 10,000 kilometres and the satellite was
        tracked till 20:23UT when it again became too faint for my CCD
        system which has a magnitude limit of about +9.0 on slow moving
        satellites.
    
    (3) Other objects observed and still to be reported are:
    
        DMSP B5D2-7
        DMSP B5D2-6
        USA 81
        Alexis rocket
        DMSP 5D-2 S-14
        MSX
        Milstar 3 Cent rocket
        Tips - too faint to measure - suprised I saw it at all as it was at 18
    deg
                   elevation in the west at a poor phase angle.
        DMSP F15
    
    (4) An unknown object was observed whilst tracking USA 89 Pkm rocket.
        It was not immediately identifiable so I measured several
        positions which indicated an inclination of around 31 degrees
        and a period of about 95minutes. The object was subsequently
        identified as 65082DM, probably a fragment originating from the
        OV2-1/LCS 2 launch. The satellite was running about a minute
        late. The objects positions are given in the report above in case
        anyone wants to play at orbit determination.
    
    (5) Hope I havent made too many errors :-))
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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