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Our observing programme can be found in the 'Recent Observations' section. It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below. By general demand I will include the USSPACECOM number from this month on in the observational section.

From this month on a new code will be added for the Determination of Rotation Axis Project (DRA). It is not a single code but a code which will be added to an existing code. For example: bx, dx, !x. I don't know if Satflash can handle this completely but I'm sure that Jean De Weerdt will solve eventual problems in no time!

b        flashing object for beginners
d        difficult to measure
S        steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?        flash period is unknown or uncertain
-        long flash period (>40 s)
!        top-priority object
x        object studied in DRA (Determination of Rotation Axis) project
         regular object

Special Remarks Top Priority Objects

63- 47D: new, 0.9s acc to MM            65- 08A: accelerating, triple max 
63- 47F: new, variations seen by MM     79- 30B: to be followed closely
76- 22A: deleted, S                     83- 01B: going down or HP ?
79- 21B: deleted, S                     84-109B: global decrease
81- 53B: =HE Deleted because S          85- 11B: going down ?
81- 94A: deleted, flashes not conf      85- 41B: ssm
82- 55B: new, variations seen by RO     85- 94G: last observation dp ?
83- 03B: new, same as 82-55B            85-116B: sudden acc.! confirmed by LB
85- 41B: some sec max                   86- 02J: last obs S
85- 94G: last observation double per?   86- 37B: complex acceleration curve
86- 08B: deleted because steady         87- 49B: accelerated (BD, MM and RO)
86- 93B: deleted, S                     90- 04B: accelerated again, seen by BD
87- 03A: also deleted                   90- 36B: some secundary maxima
87- 06B: long period now                90-111B: still accelerating
87- 17B: also deleted                   91- 19B: short period (BD, DC and TC)
87- 51J: has become normal obj, no acc  91- 59B: many sm->hp
87- 57B: new flasher seen by RO         92- 08B: going down
88- 23B: same as above                  92- 12B: short period
88- 64A: administratively deleted       92- 20B: probably going down
89- 80C: new, flashes seen by RO        92- 38A: was 38B,report it as A!
90- 78A: to be looked at again          93- 01B: new acceleration
90- 81D: deleted, S                     93- 36B: 5 seconds again ?
90- 83B: deleted, S                     94- 24B: accelerated
91- 07B: new, to be checked again
91- 09J: last observations - scatter
91- 81B: deleted, S
93- 08B: long period, almost S
93- 09A: could be Pegasus rkt acc to MM
93- 17C: deleted, S
93- 30G: now 93- 30F, report it as G 
93- 41B: deleted, S
93- 55C: new, to be checked
94- 46A: deleted
94- 46B: no observations yet ! 
94- 68A: just steady, deleted
94- 85B: short period or S ?
95- 08B: flashing according to RE
95- 17A: new, flashing according to RE
95- 17D: new
95- 18B: 3 fl on top of 1 max acc to MM
95- 21B: new, long period acc to TC

Observers of March 95

BDP:    Bart De Pontieu, Garching, Germany          
BJG:    Bjoern Gimle, Stockholm, Sweden             
JHR:    Jay Respler, New Jersey, USA                
JEV:    Jim Varney, Sacramento, California, USA     
LB:     Leo Barhorst, Alkmaar, The Netherlands      
MM:     Mike McCants, Austin, Texas, USA
RE:     Russell Eberst, Edinburgh, Scotland
RO:     JP Rohart, Wormhout, France
TC:     Tristan Cools, Brugge, Belgium
WN:     Walter Nissen, Ohio, USA

New observer : Jim Varney, initials will be JEV

Total number of observations: 299

Next deadline for sending in observations: June 9, 1995

The initials from Jay Respler have been changed from JAR into JHR on his demand. New observers who want to send in their observations are asked to propose their initials. They will be adopted if someone else doesn't already has those initials.

Tristan Cools



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