Obs 29 Apr 97

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 23:16:01 -0600 (MDT)

Attempted to see 97012D (#24777).  Despite looking at three different 
points I failed to see it for the third time.

The new DMSP was a pleasant surprise. It came into view so bright that
at first I thought it was Mir.  It was not really as bright as Mir but
was the brightest I have seen a DMSP.  It slowly decreased it brightness
as it moved northward.  It was at azimuth 153, elevation 25 degrees
at about 7:29 local STANDARD time.

Later I again observed the Centaur #24749.  At 04:13:47.1 UT (29 Apr 97)
it was at RA 10:27.5, DEC +11:21 (J2000). It was about 80 seconds late 
using the following elset:

97011B
1 24749U 97011B   97115.05838735  .00174149  42521-6  16716-2 0   402
2 24749  25.7514  42.7899 6062057 241.1488  45.9849  4.05482701  1905

As I followed it trying to get a better position fix, I noticed a slow moving
satellite at around RA 10:30 (H:M), DEC +10:30 (d:m) at 04:14:50 UT
Position is not very accurate and the satellite was moving eastward
at about the same speed as the Centaur, perhaps a little faster.  And
much brighter.  An all file search using Alldat.tle uncovered no candidates.

Ron