RE: NROL-34 not seen last night

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Apr 17 2011 - 20:53:00 UTC

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    For completeness.  Ted wrote:
    > Thank you for your report Ed.
    > The predicted magnitude of NOSS 3 satellites on 
    > your second pass, in Canis Minor, was 6.1 +/- 1. 
    > What was your limiting magnitude with binoculars 
    > at the time?
    My pleasure in making the attempts.  I would have
    looked longer if "The Man" had not interrupted me!
    However, I was probably only seeing about fifth
    magnitude at best at that time, using my 8x42.
    That's not good but was at least two magnitudes
    better than the previous pass.  Under reasonably
    normal conditions, even bright moonlight, I don't
    have any trouble seeing third-generation NOSS
    pairs with my 8x42.
    I hope that the weather will give us a chance to
    follow up tonight.  At this moment from the 
    satellite imagery it looks fairly possible but
    not certain.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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