milstar 1 and XM11 geo sat observing last night

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Aug 25 2005 - 21:16:23 EDT

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    Last night, I managed to finally get around to observe 2 geo sat's before going into work. The
    skies have been cloudy the nights I have been off, for awhile. So sat observing has taken a dive.
    
    First target was Milstar 1 as I call it.
    
    Here's my non proper way updated orbit, to locate it.
    
    Unknown 041002
    1 90023U 04776A   05189.90841197 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    03
    2 90023   4.9300 187.7833 0008147 191.9926 168.0074  1.00270300    04
    
    I found it was bright and easy to see on the TV screen, 2 hours before it passes through the area
    of sky, where it's main body would cause it to flare. So to me, it looks like solar panel flares
    have started. 
    
    I then went to observe Galaxy 11 and Milstar 6.
    
    I observed Galaxy 11, didn't have time to hunt down milstar 6. 
    
    Kevin
    
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