Galaxy 11 (99-71A, 26038) last night

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Sep 10 2012 - 22:28:44 UTC

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    I observed it for a number of minutes at about +4.0 
    (maybe +3.5) magnitude with no magnification.  I was 
    just scanning the flaring geosat area (from roughly 
    RA 20:30 to 0:30, dec -5) with binoculars to remind 
    myself of the asterisms that I use there, and Galaxy 
    11 was already bright when I happened to notice it.  
    Mike wasn't using his telescope at that particular 
    moment, and so I aimed it at Galaxy 11.  Then Mike 
    looked at it and informed me that it had a fainter 
    friend beside it, which was Intelsat 805 (98-37A, 
    25371).  I actually first noticed it at about RA 
    22:56, Dec. -5, at about 2:59 UTC.  
    I saw another, fainter one later, but I haven't yet
    identified it.
    Later, TOPEX (92-52A, 22076) put on a nice flashing
    show.  At least one of the flashes was -1 magnitude.
    Location was BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W.
    It was a very pretty evening, with the Milky Way
    visible from the suburban location.  It's not as
    dark as it was 15 years ago, but it's still pretty
    nice when the weather is very good.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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