Optical 20 Nov 2008

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2008 - 13:31:27 UTC

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    Observations  20 NOV 2008
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    Usual optical equipment.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120185901000 56 15 0223518+071106 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120190212000 56 15 0226285+071515 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120202854000 56 15 0336473+085738 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120203244000 56 15 0339535+090121 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120203556000 56 15 0342281+090448 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120220619000 56 15 0456177+102817 39  +100 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20081120223112000 56 15 0517011+104621 39  +100 05
    96077 96 577A   0433 G 20081120220619000 56 15 0501201+095541 39  +120 05
    96077 96 577A   0433 G 20081120221639000 56 15 0511251+102405 39  +120 05
    96060 96 560A   0433 G 20081120192757000 56 15 0009005+110130 39  +125 05
    96060 96 560A   0433 G 20081120193214000 56 15 0012046+112106 39  +120 05
    96078 96 578A   0433 G 20081120195831000 56 15 0045072-014105 39  +120 05
    96078 96 578A   0433 G 20081120200137000 56 15 0048149-013237 39  +120 05
    90048 05 605B   0433 G 20081120195831000 56 15 0045445-014437 39  +105 05
    90048 05 605B   0433 G 20081120200137000 56 15 0048521-013946 39  +105 05
    96028 96 528A   0433 G 20081120200800000 56 15 0409265+084753 39  +120 05
    96028 96 528A   0433 G 20081120201106000 56 15 0412363+085729 39  +120 05
    96038 96 538A   0433 G 20081120201307000 56 15 0245434+171005 39  +120 05
    96038 96 538A   0433 G 20081120201749000 56 15 0250328+171534 39  +120 05
    96126 96 626A   0433 G 20081120212051000 56 15 2256124-023825 39  +120 05
    96126 96 626A   0433 G 20081120212702000 56 15 2302225-023525 39  +120 05
    96095 96 595A   0433 G 20081120212956000 56 15 0252326+130108 39  +120 05
    96095 96 595A   0433 G 20081120214059000 56 15 0303321+133923 39  +120 05
    21805 91 080B   0433 G 20081120204904000 56 15 2150270-060619 39  +105 05
    21805 91 080B   0433 G 20081120205035000 56 15 2151568-060522 39  +105 05
    
    Unknown :
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    91125 08 825GEO 0433 G 20081120201954000 56 15 0242096+153603 39  +120 05
    91125 08 825GEO 0433 G 20081120202218000 56 15 0244384+153759 39  +120 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Main purpose of observing session was to try and locate VORTEX 6 ,
        MERCURY 1 and DSP-F12.
    
        Only succeded in finding VORTEX 6.
    
        Despite a fairly wide search could find no sign of MERCURY 1.
    
        DSP-F12 is a mystery. DSP-F16 is about a degree away from it in the
        sky and is easy. When I last observed DSP-F12 (about 18 days ago) it
        was somewhat fainter but still relatively easy. Now no sign of it.
        This satellite  is drifting and operations with it were terminated
        in about 2002 after 18 years of service so its unlikely that it is
        still operational, but where is it ???
    
    (2) First amateur observation of ESA object 96077 (UI077). Relatively
        easy with slow variation from invisible (fainter than 14th magnitude)
        to about magnitude +12. No obvious signs of flashing etc.
    
    (3) 96060 has slight variability of about half a magnitude but visible
        all the time
    
    (4) 96078 has slow variability between invisible and magnitude +12. No
        obvious signs of flashing
    
    (5) 96028 relatively easy, steady at about magnitude +12
    
    (6) 96038 relatively easy and steady at magnitude +12
    
    (7) 96126 essentially steady and visible all the time with maybe small
        amplitude magnitude variation.
    
    (8) An unknown geo object with reasonably high inclination found in
        three images and steady at about magnitude +12 - probably not worth
        while trying to recover.
    
    (9) I will hopefully report the approximately two dozen strays observed
        tomorrow - Ive had enough of satellites for today!
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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