RE: Brightness of Sputnik 1 payload and rocket?

From: Bruce MacDonald (mu_cephei@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Sep 11 2007 - 15:04:04 EDT

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    Thanks to everyone who has replied to my question - I had a feeling that 
    most people who claim to have seen the Sputnik payload, had in fact seen the 
    rocket, and the evidence so far bears that assumption out.  I am going to 
    use this information for a presentation I am giving to the Wiltshire 
    Astornomical Society on October 2, two days before the 50th anniversary.
    
    Pierre Neirinck sent me a Sputnik mag list he made in 1960 with his own 
    designations at
    the time.Mags are supposed to be at mean height,mostly overhead.
    57 alpha 1:Sputnik 1 rocket - 1.0 (1-11-1957)
    57 alpha 2 Sputnik 1 +5.5 +6
    57 beta 1 :Sputnik 2 +0.5
    58 delta 1 Sputnik 3 rocket -2 +6 ( -2.2 at 515km)
    58 delta 2 Sputnik 3 +3 +9
    58 delta 3 Sputnik 3 cone +3 +8 (21-6-1958)
    60 epsilon 3 Sputnik 4 +3 +4 (before separation)
    60 eps 1 :Sputnik 4 payload +3 +6
    60 eps 2 Sputnik 4 rocket +3 +7
    60 eps 4 Sputnik 4 cone +5 (26-5-1960)
    60 eps 5 Retro rocket ? +7 +8 (28-5-1960)"
    
    
    
    
    Bruce MacDonald
    COSPAR Site 2751
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    51.3440N 1.9849 W 125M (WGS84)
    
    
    >I have another question.  When working out the brightness of the payload 
    >and rocket I calculated that the payload would be around mag 6 and the 
    >rocket mag 0 (based on 50% phase at 500km range).  I would be interested to 
    >learn from anyone who may have seen them what the brightness of each object 
    >actually was.
    
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