B-30 observed

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 21:52:12 EDT

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    I managed to observe for perhaps 1 minute, in a large break in the clouds.
    Spotted easily with the unaided eye, despite some remaining twilight. With 11x80
    binoculars, I could see/revolve only one object. It appeared golden/red, like a
    Lacrosse.
    
    Most likely I spotted it within seconds of 2nd stage shut-down. I could see
    exhaust trailing for about the first 20 s, which rapidly faded.
    
    I obtained one position, at about elevation 16 deg, azimuth 89 deg. This
    reduction is provisional pending a bit more precise time calibration:
    
    71001 05 016A   2701 G 20050430010014250 17 25 1534548+103709 38 S
    
    It was 1.3 deg high, and 27.8 s late relative this search elset:
    
    Lacrosse type 1                                          425 X 671 km
    1 71001U          05120.03790510  .00001267  00000-0  60000-4 0    01
    2 71001  57.0000 131.4521 0177200   0.0000  33.0000 15.06000000    05
    
    On a high pass, the track error could be greater.
    
    Cloud cover is increasing, as forecast, so I doubt I will see it again tonight.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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