39 members of Starlink 6 launch recorded

From: PAUL MALEY via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:17:51 +0000 (UTC)
Starlink 6 satellites have been poorly placed from launch through last night (28 April at 0344UT).  I videorecorded the first set of Starlink 6 members in a normally bad phase angle after sunset in the north northwest. There are currently two groups though all continue to slow spread out.  The initial cluster of 39 (starting with Starlink 1322 and ending with 1366) passed through the field of view of an 80mm f/5 refractor and were unexpectedly easy to record. Elevation was only 13 degrees and I kept the scope stationary.  Each member appeared to be around magnitude 3.5. Given the small field of view of the scope and short duration of each satellite passing through the field there was no attempt to follow any of them, just to record their sequential passage.  No evidence of flaring.  I did not try to observe the second group.
A prior attempt two nights earlier in the north northeast at elevation 9 degrees, which should have been a more optimum phase angle for reflectivity was extraordinarily poor. All the satellites then were quite faint, perhaps magnitude 7, and I barely recorded about 26 of them partially through some thin cloud here in Carefree, Arizona. 
Paul D. Maley 
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