Unkown satellite

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Sun Aug 28 2005 - 21:43:23 EDT

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    Bill Gray was able to link together observations of a 
    fairly bright satellite in a 430 by 85000km by 18 degree orbit
    that Charles Juels and P.R. Holvercem made during comet searches.
    The observations were on 4 separate occasions  starting in late June.
    They were using a 70mm f2.8 camera lens and a CCD. This system
    has already found 1  comet. The observations and orbit and some
    TLEs for are here.
    The perigee is currently south of the equator at roughly 220 degrees
    from the ascending node. If you convert the absolute magnitude to
    1000Km from the 1au that asteroid observers used, it comes out to
    be around 2.5. Predictions for Greg Roberts site over next 20 days give
    2 passes that should be just brighter than mag 10. 
    Has anybody any suggestions as to its identity?
    Its apogee looks to be too high for a super-Hohmann transfer orbit.
    There are no matches with any known object including other amateur
    or asteroid astrometric sources.
    Tony Beresford
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