NROL-34 - NOSS 3-5 pair spotted tonight from Austin, TX

From: Mike McCants (mmccants@io.com)
Date: Sun Apr 17 2011 - 05:39:09 UTC

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    I was able to spot the NOSS 3-5 objects about 13 minutes late
    compared to Ted's estimated orbit.
    
    I was able to see them for only about 10 seconds and I got only
    a very rough time and position.
    
    I estimate they were about magnitude 5.5 at an elevation of 53 degrees
    and an azimuth of 240 degrees.  I was using 10x50 binoculars under a
    slightly hazy sky with a very bright moon high in the east.
    
    The two objects were very close together - about 0.3 degrees or so.
    
    Here is my guess for a tle:
    
    NOSS 3-5 (A)
    1 37386U 11014A   11107.10689160 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    08
    2 37386  63.4238 346.0103 0128090 179.8530 180.1470 13.34368235    04
    
    In another 24 hours this could be off 20 or 30 seconds and 1/2 degree
    or so cross-track.
    
    Mike McCants
    Austin, TX      BCRC: 30.3158 N 97.8667 W 300 m
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