Phobos Grunt video posted

From: Derek C Breit (breit_ideas@poyntsource.com)
Date: Wed Nov 23 2011 - 18:57:15 UTC

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    I have posted a two minute video of Phobos Grunt to my website. This was a
    day after a report of PG passing over San Francisco and varying greatly in
    brightness, including disappearing and flaring like an Iridium. So I used my
    PC164EX2 with a 50mm camera lense, and tried to shut the iris as much as
    possible (and still have a decent video) in an effort to not saturate the
    satellite. 
    
    While I have not looked to see if that was accomplished, the video shows no
    hint of variability.. The bright star at the start of the video is mag 2.1
    Rasalhague and the pass is from the SW to the NE..
    
    Also, there is no need to extract positions from the video, as Ted is
    already doing so. It is not as easy as it looks, as the video is good, but
    the interlaced still frames.. well.. suck..
    
    Anywho.. The video is at the bottom left of..
    http://www.poyntsource.com/New/Gallery.htm
    
    It's 88MB, and, as usual is shot by hand with the "World's Worst" camera
    tripod. For $20 and a trip to Walmart, you could have one too!
    
    :-)
    
    Derek
    Morgan Hill, CA
    
    PS.. Never looked at this pass with the naked eye. 
    
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