AMS 4 (DMSP F4, 79-050A) -- unsuccessful search

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Aug 05 2001 - 04:18:20 PDT

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    With the sky much improved from last night, so that I could see
    several stars of Taurus without magnification, I made the best
    search I could with my handheld 10x50 binoculars for AMS 4 
    (DMSP F4 or B5D1-4; 79-050A, 11389), from minus six to plus 
    eight or nine minutes.  It was predicted to pass very near 
    Aldebaran, an easy place to look.  With handheld binocs, I had
    to take a few seconds break every 45 seconds to a minute or so.
    My main problem was that I didn't know on which side of the 
    track to look if it was early or late, so I was sweeping a lot
    from east to west (down to up) around Aldebaran and Saturn.
    Venus and Jupiter so close together were very impressive!  Also
    a few minutes earlier on the Moon's side of the sky saw a very 
    nice +2 Perseid.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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