Optical 02 Aug 2013

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Aug 03 2013 - 09:23:41 UTC

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    Observations 02 AUGUST 2013
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
    Used with 4 inch f/5 refractor.
    Most images processed and measured manually, whilst remainder
    automatically using APEX.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    13637 82 106B   0433 P 20130802184744628 16 15 1954424-110816 28  +135 05
    13637 82 106B   0433 P 20130802185124484 16 15 1958248-110601 28  +135 05
    13637 82 106B   0433 P 20130802185330820 16 15 2000315-110411 28  +135 05
    27787 70 069B   0433 P 20130802182432894 16 15 1510541-031300 28  +145 05
    27787 70 069B   0433 P 20130802182805921 16 15 1515407-025612 28  +145 05
    27787 70 069B   0433 P 20130802183004341 16 15 1518204-024703 28  +145 05
    27787 70 069B   0433 P 20130802183102463 16 15 1519354-024304 28  +145 05
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190044975 16 15 1826336+291950 18
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190125830 16 15 1828106+300259 68  +102 08
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190143314 16 15 1828532+302203 18
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190215297 16 15 1830109+305541 58  +113 04
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190242320 16 15 1831192+312528 18  +094 00
    32379 07 060B   0433 P 20130802190301217 16 15 1832074+314604 28  +115 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20130802164803497 16 15 1643028+022930 47  +087 39
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20130802164937585 16 15 1644371+022823 57  +087 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20130802165010566 16 15 1645099+022800 67  +086 00
    96044 96 544A   0433 P 20130802191939455 16 15 1942305-081545 28  +128 05
    96044 96 544A   0433 P 20130802192054283 16 15 1943474-081251 28  +125 05
    96044 96 544A   0433 P 20130802192135649 16 15 1944303-081057 28
    99064 13 659A   0433 P 20130802165524253 16 15 1619045+052916 28  +128 03
    99064 13 659A   0433 P 20130802165943164 16 15 1623230+052308 38  +123 03
    99064 13 659A   0433 P 20130802170145272 16 15 1625250+052009 28  +126 02
    99064 13 659A   0433 P 20130802191725150 16 15 1841028+021617 28  +105 02
    99064 13 659A   0433 P 20130802191813346 16 15 1841506+021516 57  +108 01
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    06393 73 015B   0433 P 20130802165524253 16 15 1615290+060232 37  +140 01
    15383 84 113B   0433 P 20130802183102463 16 15 1522258-022749 28
    17875 84 090F   0433 P 20130802192054283 16 15 1945407-084145 68
    26369 00 028A   0433 P 20130802165524253 16 15 1614557+052440 47  +129 02
    36101 09 065A   0433 P 20130802165524253 16 15 1614113+052450 37  +125 01
    37779 11 042A   0433 P 20130802165943164 16 15 1627453+052838 77
    37779 11 042A   0433 P 20130802170145272 16 15 1629475+052835 97
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) A "limited" observing session looking mainly for objects not
        observed 30 July 2013. Conditions not that great - seeing okay but
        transparency very poor - maybe high mist? Humidity very high-
        everything dripping wet and with 220v AC floating around on the
        mounting etc not the safest situation.
    
    (2) Despite intensive effort (!) VORTEX 1 R not seen - rather poor
        phase angle most likely the reason for failure.( low in western
        evening sky)
    
    (3) Did a search for MAGNUM 1 - #15543 - not seen so looks like it
        has definately moved - eastward? MAGNUM 2 too low down in trees
        in east to be observable unless I cut down neighbours trees whilst
        he is sleeping? Last time I did this he nearly had heart failure.
    
    (4) Canyon 3 rocket #27787 very faint - appears to be rapidly variable
        with small variation.
    
    (5) Nothing positive seen in search for DSCS 3-7 rocket.
    
    (6) Abandoned evening early as conditions too poor.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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