two obs plus others

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Thu May 18 2006 - 08:08:18 EDT

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    Observed from the Ney Museum grounds: 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m;
    May 18, 2006 UTC -- beautiful weather:
    98-007A, 25157, GFO
    10:12:55.2  RA 21:18.85 Dec +11.2
    94-017B, 23031, USA 102 - some brilliant flashes before this --
    10:27:32.3  RA 22:24    Dec +12.0
    Two northbound ones crossed with it along its track.  I also 
    got two clicks on USA 3 but am too tired right now to try to 
    ID the stars....
    Earlier this morning also I saw what I believe is the first 
    flashing satellite that I ever saw, one that Mike McCants 
    showed me from his driveway one evening about this time in 
    1996.  It was Tiros N (78-096A, 11060) -- still flashing very
    Wednesday evening Mike had predictions for Vanguard 3 (59-007A,
    00020), and with difficulty I was able to spot it with my 8x42 
    binocular -- certainly the oldest one I've seen with any of my 
    handheld binoculars.  I had a prediction for Explorer 8 
    (60-014A, 00060) and was able to see it as well.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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