Three flaring geosats with binocs

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 23:21:50 EDT

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    Our weather here has not been cooperating fully this week, 
    but using handheld 10x50 binoculars I've been able to see 
    three flaring geostationary satellites -- Galaxy 11 
    (99-071A, 26038) on three nights, and on Sept. 20 UTC 
    (Wednesday evening local) also Anik F1 (00-076A, 26624) 
    and probably DirecTV (or DBS) 3 (95-029A, 23598).  
    Did I mention that the other night Mike confirmed SCD 2
    (98-060A, 25504) as a very rapid flasher?  In fact I saw 
    it do a few flashes visible at one-power even though its 
    RCS is less than one square meter.
    Site was 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Weather permitted no observing tonight.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
    (Using while above won't work.)
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