satellite debris 1989-062E observed at 27 000 km of distance

From: alain.figer@club-internet.fr
Date: Thu Apr 14 2011 - 19:03:45 UTC

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    From times to times I take one or two dozens of photos of the same field above the southern (S or SSE)  horizon, aimed at declination: about -7°, in order to record several geostationary satellites.
    I use a Canon EOS 550D camera (lens 70-300mm) on a mere tripod. Typical exposure times are 10 or 15 seconds at ISO 6400 or 3200.
    The field is about 5°x 3°  (focal 300mm).
    On 12 April 2011,  I was lucky enough to locate no less than 9 geostationary satellites since my first photo at 19h50m UT - despite the rather poor skies in Paris suburbs -  together with a strange moving spot. The slow moving spot remained visible on all photos over a span of more than 7 minutes.
    According to Calsky, the slow moving satellite turned out to be "TV sat 2 Ar (debris)" object 25279 1989-062E at 26 684 km of distance (mag 10.5) on an eccentrical orbit 386 x 33372 km i=7°6.
    The 9 geostationary satellites were identified as :
    . HOTBIRD  8, 9 , 6 and 4
    . COMSATBW-2 (2010-21B)
    . Eutelsat W2M (2008-65B)
    . SESAT
    . SICRAL 1
    . ASIASAT
     
    Regards
    Alain Figer
    2°.13 E  ; 48°.67 N ; a.s.l. 170 meters
     
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