Re: stumbled onto EGP ( Feb 10'03 -9:11pm)

From: Larry Brash (
Date: Mon Feb 10 2003 - 14:30:14 EST

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    ykchia wrote:
    > Hi folks:
    >      Seeing the False Cross hanging rising out of my window, I was
    > tempted to do some star fields/meteor  imaging and just minutes into
    > staring at the b/w monitor - a rapid white flashing satellite crawled
    > across the screen - it was like a FireFly...flashing multiple times per
    > seconds ( sorry did not time) and pretty regular cycles...
    The first time I came across EGP was quite by accident while looking for
    another satellite with 10*50 binoculars.
    Its behaviour is much as you describe, flashing on average 3/sec, but
    really quite irregularly. The flashes vary in magnitude and are about
    mag 4.5 to 5.0, and invisible between flashes
    >       Then came the ID part
    > After a little tweaking ( narrowing
    > the prediction in minutes, cut-off at mag 4.5 did not capture it and
    > changed it back to 8 ..) and found  the match - it was EGP!
    I had similar difficulties IDing it using SatHunt, but once I changed
    the Mag to 8-9, I found it and realised that it was a sat mentioned by
    Ed Cannon in the newsgroup. sci.astro.satellite.visual-observe.
    I now regularly watch EGP, as it can be seen very late in a session,
    being at approx 1500kms high.
    Larry Brash 
    32.9718 S, 151.6343 E, 30 metres, UTC +10
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