Obs. April 21 evening

Doug Biggerstaff (dbig@interlog.com)
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 07:58:14 -0400

Greetings seesat'rs!,

A few obs,

I was able to catch the Resurs 01-3 Rocket (94074B/23343) last night, bright,
>2nd mag.!  2 maxima of similar magnitude, the second followed by two small
red flashes, about 6th mag.  Observed 6 periods before clouds/haze to the
north interfeared.  The high accuracy value is obviously due to timing
problems, I haven't got this down yet, not enough hands!

94- 74 B 96-04-22 02:27:38   DSB 124.0 2.0   6 20.700 A_'AffA_' +2->inv.

Resurs 01-3 r
1 23343U 94074  B 96109.07998541  .00000071  00000-0  11749-4 0  1702
2 23343  97.9751 168.4115 0008925  44.0142 316.1775 14.70619243 77988
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Cosmos 2154 r (91059B/21667) wasn't around long enough for timing due to the
Earth's shadow, but what I did observe, to me, indicated a period longer than
the Feb. obs. of LB listed in the oxford PPAS archive.  It reached about
+4.0->inv.

Cosmos 2154 r
1 21667U 91059  B 96109.22141976  .00000037  00000-0  39450-4 0  8043
2 21667  82.9076   2.5792 0019347 182.9271 177.1780 13.74401925233583
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IRS-P2 r (94068B/23324) wasn't too bright, but consistent.  The "a"
component was the largest part of the period, +6.5.

94- 68 B 96-04-22 02:41:57   DSB  98.0 1.0   4 24.500 A'aA' +5->inv.,

IRS-P2 r
1 23324U 94068  B 96109.07494389  .00000014  00000-0  72611-5 0  1720
2 23324  98.6361 179.4534 0058876  95.0630 265.7261 14.15601389 77932
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Quicksat 2.10D, 10x50s, and a useless stopwatch.

Clear Skies!

Doug Biggerstaff, Toronto
dbig@interlog.com