Gorizont 23 -- easy with 10x50s

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 17 2002 - 15:15:05 EDT

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    For anyone interested in seeing a flashing geosynch, Gorizont 
    23 has been easy to observe with 10x50 binoculars the last few 
    evenings (in spite of the moonlight and including with some 
    cloud interference a couple of nights!).  Last night it was 
    due south of Texas, and it will be a few degrees farther west 
    tonight.  Its flash period is about 56 seconds.  I'd say that
    the brightest maxima may be +4.5, but they are not all that
    bright; some are down to +6.0 or maybe +6.5.  Last night I 
    observed it twice -- the second while about 80 minutes later 
    than the first.  So right now it's flashing for a long time, 
    making for a pretty good opportunity to see it.  (Sometimes 
    Gorizonts are brighter like this on one apparition but not so 
    on another apparition months later.)  Here's a recent elset:
    Gorizont 23   
    1 21533U 91046A   02220.43503083 -.00000191 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 04021
    2 21533 006.8614 059.5593 0004209 089.6112 270.5805 00.98908450034545
    PPAS report (first observing period):
    91- 46 A 02-08-17 04:33:15   EC 1904.4 0.3  34 56.01  +4.5->inv
    Site:  30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Telstar 401 (93-077A, 22927) -- I did manage to catch it three
    evenings in a row, but since it flashes earlier each night, 
    it's now flashing during daylight here.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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