IGS 1B (03-009B) brightness?

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Sun Apr 15 2007 - 17:44:38 EDT

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    Hi all,
    Okay, so again I failed to observe IGS 1B (03-009B), it being too faint for the 
    naked eye in my urban environment, plus too faint for the camera.
    This time it was at a zenith pass (starting 21:30:00 UTC with eclipse emergence 
    in Ursa Major, in the zenith), and a good clear sky. Not a sign of it...  :-(
    And that is odd. Because before it failed some time ago, I could always easily 
    see and photograph the object, especially during a zenith pass like this. It 
    would then easily attain +2 to +1.5 in the old days, clearly visible.
    Have any of the recent observers of this object noted it too to be fainter than 
    I just wonder why a power failure on the sat would suddenly make it fainter.
    - Marco
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