A dozen geosats

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 17:23:10 EDT

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    Last night was a pretty good one in spite of the moonlight.
    Using only my handheld 10x50 binoculars, I was able to see at 
    least a dozen geosats.  I focused on two areas, one around 
    RA 23:40 to 00:20 (2000), the theoretical flaring area, and 
    the other from about RA 20:30 to 21:30, where I've seen some 
    others hours before shadow entry.  I haven't yet had time to 
    ID them, but no doubt they were mostly the usual suspects 
    I've reported before.  The highlight was that I saw three at 
    once in the FOV during the period of about 2:03-07 Sept 29 
    UTC, within a box that was roughly RA 00:00-00:20, Dec -4 to 
    -9 (2000).  Location was 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Even if the weather continues to cooperate, with the Moon 
    around full for the next several nights, it's going to get
    a little tougher.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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