USA 102, Lac 3, Ir 14? Obs

From: finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
Date: Mon Aug 07 2000 - 23:02:47 PDT

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    I was able to observe USA 102 #23031 94017B as it passed approx 5 deg below
    (E) Deneb at 04:45:22 8 Aug UTC +/- 3 sec. Mag 3. As i followed it along as
    it headed North, i noticed an object begin to brighten about 10 deg East of
    Polaris, mag reached 0 and i was able to id it as Spot 4 r #25261 98017B.
    
    At 05:00:46 +/- 3 sec Lacrosse 3 #25017 97064A passed 1 deg above (N) of
    Vega, moments before it had flared to a mag 1.
    
    I waited for Iridium 14 ? #25777 99032A to flare to it's predicted -8 but it
    only reached mag 3. However as i watched it, waiting for it to get brighter,
    i noted a sat about 4 deg above it, heading in the same direction at mag 4.
    It turned out to be Iridium 65 #25288 98021D. Having 2 Iridiums at the same
    time and a couple of nice Perseids made up for the lack of a -8 flare.
       
    Jari
    54.25N
    110.11W
    556m   
    
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