Obs 03 Nov 2005

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Fri Nov 04 2005 - 09:18:09 EST

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    Observations 03 Nov 2005:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 60mm focal length f/2.8 lens,integrating for 64 frames
    giving an equivalent exposure of 1.28 seconds.
    
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103190508600 56 15 2234265+264254 39  +080 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103191048500 56 15 2356199+201232 39  +077 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103191406900 56 15 0013142+151101 39  +070 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103192002800 56 15 0057422+020538 39  +065 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103192254300 56 15 0131107-070158 39  +060 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051103192810500 56 15 0316130-284017 39  +040 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103190911300 56 15 0540173-262123 39  +080 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103190915100 56 15 0538520-260216 39  +080 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051103200621700 56 15 0717348-493244 39  +060 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051103200625600 56 15 0714232-491833 39  +060 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103201254700 56 15 0730374-531611 39  +066 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103201310100 56 15 0716168-524007 39  +066 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103201319000 56 15 0707583-521324 39  +065 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103201325500 56 15 0701471-515205 39  +060 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103201330500 56 15 0656487-513417 39  +055 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103204349400 56 15 1013365-685205 39  +075 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103204448300 56 15 0917423-732713 39  +070 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103204547200 56 15 0718529-765410 39  +065 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051103204649900 56 15 0411154-734953 39  +060 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103214815100 56 15 1906536-565036 39  +065 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103214822800 56 15 1915464-554852 39  +063 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103214831800 56 15 1925434-543131 39  +060 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 G 20051103214839500 56 15 1933445-531820 39  +060 05
    
    Strays observed:
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    Cosmos 2297 rocket
    23405 94 077B   0433 G 20051103174600000 56 15 0316060-720737 39  +027 05
    Cosmos 1680 rocket
    16012 85 079B   0433 G 20051103175411900 56 15 0342290-750351 39  +041 05
    Globalstar 57
    25943 99 058A   0433 G 20051103181313000 56 15 2256150+245421 39  +068 05
    Cosmos 256 rocket
    03577 68 106B   0433 G 20051103182815500 56 15 2310060+251345 39  +064 05
    Cosmos 1241 rocket
    12150 81 006B   0433 G 20051103183212300 56 15 2257490+250532 39  +050 05
    Ariane rocket   range 7086 kms
    21815 91 084C   0433 G 20051103183354700 56 15 2314390+255323 39  +072 05
    Symphonie 2 rocket
    08133 75 077B   0433 G 20051103183623200 56 15 2304180+253716 39  +037 05
    Cosmos 1633
    15592 85 020A   0433 G 20051103183941600 56 15 2314030+244654 39  +030 05
    France-1
    01778 65 096A   0433 G 20051103184939400 56 15 2334130+254549 39  +065 05
    Meteosat 1 rocket
    10490 77 108B   0433 G 20051103185132000 56 15 2332060+253604 39  +060 05
    IRS-1B rocket
    21689 91 061B   0433 G 20051103203745900 56 15 0745192-664835 39  +069 05
    Ariane 44 LP debri range 5410 kms
    25843 89 062G   0433 G 20051103185916700 56 15 2345100+255126 39  +075 05
    Globalstar 29
    25961 99 062A   0433 G 20051103214024900 56 15 1851522-561754 39  +070 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) USA 186 rocket acquired on two passes - I hope I have given it the
        correct international name/number. This object appeared steady and
        about two magnitudes brighter than USA 186. Satellite was about mid-
        way between the two orbits given by Ted.
    
    (2) Two passes USA 186 observed - first one very low at less than 10 deg
        elevation. Second pass reached up to about 50 degrees elevation.
    
    (3) One pass of USA 129 observed at low elevation - second pass was
        behind my house roof.
    
    (4) Strays observed by accident - I identify all strays seen in case
        maybe one is an unknown.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
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