Re: Gorizont 23 -- easy with 10x50s

From: paul (astro@pgog.net)
Date: Tue Aug 27 2002 - 12:05:07 EDT

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    Robert,
    I saw it later, 27aug ~0453 to 0528 ut, w/56.10 sec.
    I looked earlier 0415 ->, but not continuously,
    and did not see it.  I had good ref stars at 
    0415 too.  I'm not an 'expert' re this sat, so maybe
    you saw it do non_typical flash and the normal cycle
    started later as seen here ??  I don't pretend to
    understand the geometry of this, but I would think
    we would be seeing it about the same time.
    
    At 08:27 8/27/2002 -0500, you wrote:
    
    >        Last night, with 10x50s, I saw 3 flashes from what I believe was
    >Gorizont 23.  Starting around 27 Aug 04:16 UT I saw a +4 flash followed by
    >another +4 flash 5 sec later, then a +5 flash 23 sec after that.  The times
    >are approximate as I was counting to myself.  I watched for several minutes
    >more but saw nothing further.  Afterwards I ran a search for other satellites
    >but there was nothing else close to Gorizont 23's track.
    >
    >
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