Lacrosse 5 ...........fades , but returns

From: John Locker (
Date: Sun Apr 01 2007 - 19:17:33 EDT

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    Beautiful high elevation pass of Lacrosse 5 tonight in clear conditions.
    It was roughly WNW > SE at 83 degs.
    Tracking through the viewfinder brightness slowly  increased to about 
    mag3.......then for a second or two there seemed to be a slight increase 
    about mag 2 before it faded.I checked naked eye and it was invisible , but 
    through the viewfinder just about there and slightly reddish.
    After what seemed an age , but was probably no more than 20 seconds or so , 
    the bird started to re appear , perhaps mag 3.5 - 4 for a further 20 seconds 
    , then faded again.
    A quick look at the video reveals a few useable frames with the shape 
    consistent with my last capture.....however in one frame , just as the 
    brightness increased...and prior to fade a more complex shape was revealed.
    Hopefully Phil , Mike and Marco will have also witnessed the pass and can 
    give their obs.
    Images to follow
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