Obs 08 May 2006-all

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed May 10 2006 - 09:43:50 EDT

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    Observations 08 May 2006:(all)
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 64 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.28 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    28646 05 016A   0433 F 20060508163723200 56 15 2217594-762318 39  +020 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 F 20060508163854700 56 15 1533191-733712 39  +015 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 F 20060508163953900 56 15 1423224-561722 39  +015 05
    14729 84 012D   0433 F 20060508164703900 56 15 0545204-095025 39  +075 05
    14729 84 012D   0433 F 20060508164941700 56 15 0559194-372558 39  +065 05
    14729 84 012D   0433 F 20060508165106600 56 15 0608068-545234 39  +070 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 F 20060508165911100 56 15 0602451+191942 39  +070 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 F 20060508165957400 56 15 0613321+184719 39  +065 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 F 20060508170103100 56 15 0630191+175824 39  +065 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 F 20060508170308400 56 15 0708252+161239 39  +060 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20060508171244400 56 15 0406469-201554 39  +065 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20060508171638000 56 15 0355565-360102 39  +060 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20060508171907800 56 15 0337276-484850 39  +065 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 F 20060508172526700 56 15 0530284-094721 39  +085 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 F 20060508172625500 56 15 0531095-173545 39  +080 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 F 20060508172738500 56 15 0530103-284130 39  +078 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20060508171946200 56 15 1636003-785322 39  +050 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20060508172031000 56 15 1311394-781153 39  +046 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20060508172135000 56 15 1027305-613828 39  +040 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 F 20060508173043600 56 15 0329197-375616 39  +075 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 F 20060508173220900 56 15 0416158-203357 39  +075 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 F 20060508173340400 56 15 0440289-063525 39  +085 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 F 20060508175516800 56 15 0411545-371135 39  +090 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 F 20060508175551400 56 15 0433075-295729 39  +095 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 F 20060508175701800 56 15 0504403-144356 39  +095 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 F 20060508210826900 56 15 1027112-202608 39  +105 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 F 20060508211136300 56 15 1030492-202956 39  +105 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 F 20060508211836800 56 15 1811048-024654 39  +110 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 F 20060508212300700 56 15 1816408-031358 39  +108 05
    
    
    OLD UNKNOWN
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    91060 06 082GEO 0433 F 20060508185848000 56 15 0830418+103650 39  +095 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
    ================
    
    Dart
    28642 05 014A   0433 F 20060508163718300 56 15 2222394-764704 39  +065 05
    Cosmos 2190
    21979 92 030D   0433 F 20060508164003500 56 15 1413523-514151 39  +070 05
    Cosmos 1862 rkt
    18153 87 055B   0433 F 20060508164943700 56 15 0601240-385443 39  +050 05
    Koronas F Rkt
    26874 01 032B   0433 F 20060508171237700 56 15 0408347-193822 39  +080 05
    Timation 2 RkCF
    04216 69 082CF  0433 F 20060508171748400 56 15 0349178-425230 39  +085 05
    Globalstar 30
    25854 99 037D   0433 F 20060508172339100 56 15 0526316+015655 39  +080 05
    Prospero
    05580 71 093A   0433 F 20060508175013500 56 15 1517242-584004 39  +080 05
    Noaa 3 Del DbBk
    07079 73 086BX  0433 F 20060508182057800 56 15 1007436+302509 39  +085 05
    Cosmos 890
    09737 77 004A   0433 F 20060508182124700 56 15 1007500+291939 39  +080 05
    Cosmos 1320 Rkt
    12983 81 116J   0433 F 20060508182638300 56 15 1013049+291925 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 1589 Rkt
    15172 84 084B   0433 F 20060508190037400 56 15 0830344+104122 39  +075 05
    Prospero
    05880 71 093A   0433 F 20060508193446300 56 15 0647416-432656 39  +090 05
    IMAGE range 12700 kms
    26113 00 017A   0433 F 20060508204158900 56 15 1352181-584505 39  +114 05
    IMAGE range 10825 kms
    26113 00 017A   0433 F 20060508204914500 56 15 1345520-510731 39  +110 05
    IMAGE range 9450 kms
    26113 00 017A   0433 F 20060508205433600 56 15 1341238-433919 39  +107 05
    IMAGE range 8360 kms
    26113 00 017A   0433 F 20060508205854700 56 15 1338044-354829 39  +104 05
    IMAGE range 8240 kms
    26113 00 017A   0433 F 20060508205924100 56 15 1337395-344718 39  +104 05
    
    Notes:
    ======
    
    (1) Main purpose was to get video footage of PROSPERO and track IMAGE.
    
    (2) IMAGE - this satellite appears to be variable but very difficult to
        determine its variability period but it seems to be of the order of
        not less than about 5 seconds (but I could be totally wrong!). It gave
        two relatively bright flashes at 20h43m47s and at 20h51m39sec where
        the magnitude increased by about a magnitude at least. The variability
        appears to be quite smooth but at this magnitude level, and the fact
        that I was using 1.28 sec integrations complicates the issue.
    Hopefully
        Ill be able to observe this satellite at ranges less than 8000 kms
        shortly. The nearby bright moon did not assist matters too much...
        (fine for romantic lovers but no good for visual satellite tracking!)
    
    (3) #90027 again not seen.
    
    (4) Still have tracking session done 09 May to report-
    
        KH9-17 #13172, Noss 6 (c) #14728, USA 160 rkt #26906,
        DMSP B5D2-6 #21798 , #90020, XSS-11 #28636, XSS-11 rkt #28637
        Noss 0 r #05679, Lacrosse 5 , and a few strays.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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