Tips and Noss trips

From: Steve Newcomb (snewcomb@gcnetmail.net)
Date: Sun Aug 22 2004 - 01:41:48 EDT

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    23937 96 029F   8539 P 20040822015601090 17 25 2213890+581169 29
    23936 96 029E   8539 G 20040822023428480 17 25 1450692+740934 38
    23862 96 029D   8539 G 20040822023501480 17 25 1655816+730545 38
    23908 96 029C   8539 G 20040822023554530 17 25 1856438+651519 18
    23936 96 029E   8539 G 20040822023829460 17 25 2112249+230804 38
    23937 96 029F   8539 G 20040822034208900 17 25 1531299+255353 38
    23937 96 029F   8539 G 20040822034305960 17 25 1612168+191905 38
    23937 96 029F   8539 G 20040822034335840 17 25 1633320+150827 38
    23937 96 029F   8539 G 20040822034403960 17 25 1652865+105462 38
    23937 96 029F   8539 G 20040822034412360 17 25 1658274+093046 38
    
    Just minutes before the 1st pass of TiPS the sky went from good to my 3.39
    mag star I'm using for my start looking like a 7 mag. I could not follow it
    very far. It cleared after a short time so I did get to see the 2nd pass 96
    minutes later and was able to follow it to shadow 8 seconds after the last
    point.
    
    My attempt at points on the Noss 2-3 three were done with a telescope. After
    the point on #23908 I put on my eye glasses and without a telescope watched
    all 3 visible in Cygnus. Then using a finder scope that has no magnification
    but shows a red dot in center of field of view found the Noss 2-3 in
    telescope again for another point and followed all 3 to shadow using the
    telescope. They made a big moving target to find on the run instead of
    normal procedure of setting up on a star and waiting for it to come with an
    8" dobs telescope.
    
    Tiro 3 and STTW were dim sats sighted early along with several Cosmos.
    
    At 0.52.20 UTC a fireball was seen over a 35 degree arc before it went below
    the trees. Big, -10 mag at least.
    
    A comfortable 52F and very noisy crickets.
    
    Lat. 39.4707 Lon. -79.3388 Alt. 2753 ft. -4 UTC
    
    What these numbers mean: http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
    
    
    
    
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