Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 16:57:53 GMT

Observing Program of the BWGS

The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300

New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent 

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  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
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SATORAMA (=satdec97.txt, observations in PPAS7-05.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object

Special remarks

Top-priority objects :
87- 20 B !     17536/F2 Kosmos 1823, discovered by RO
87- 74 G !     18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: still accelerating !?
89- 86 B !     20306/Meteor 3-3 R/B,  flashing according to Leo Barhorst
91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated !!!
91- 46 A !     21533/Gorizont 23 geosat with slowly decreasing period !
93- 15 B !     22564/Centaur UHF1: GTO, accelerating ?

NEW objects:
73- 86 D       NEW
73- 86AW       NEW 		
86- 19AG       NEW Ariane 1 debris Spot 1-Viking: difficult
96-  8 B       NEW, discovered flashing by Jim Scotti
97- 47 B       NEW, discoverd by Jean-Pierre Rohart

360 observations received from 11 observers :

EC:     Ed Canon                Austin, Texas             USA
JSC:    Jim Scotti              Tucson, AZ,               USA
JVS:    Jan Vansteelandt        Leuven                    Belgium
KJ:     Kurt Jonckheere         Antwerpen                 Belgium
LB:     Leo Barhorst            Alkmaar                   The Netherlands
LS:     Lutz Schindler          Braunschweig              Germany
PDV:    Patrick Devreese        Moen                      Belgium
RGL:    Ron Lee                 Falcon                    USA
RE:     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
RO:     Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout                  France
TC:     Tristan Cools,          Brugge,                   Belgium

Next deadline for sending in observations: January 12, 1998 to Kurt Jonckheere
Sanderusstraat 15, bus 3, B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org  

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org  
This is just a small amount of additional work for you, 
but it makes life much easier for me.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites

    Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)  51.2 N  2.9 E  4m ASL 
   (Old accelerations : http://uc2.unicall.be/kjonckheere/index.htm) 
    observations collector for the Belgian Working Group Satellites: 
Send your observations of flashing satellites, preferrably in the correct
     PPAS format to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org