Obs 14 August 2006

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 08:59:54 EDT

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    Observations 14 Aug 2006:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 96 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.92 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    For CLASSFIED.TLE:
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    29249 06 027A   0433 T 20060814170021100 56 15 1449563+035026 39  +074 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 T 20060814170205300 56 15 1503504-025221 39  +065 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 T 20060814170437100 56 15 1534262-165315 39  +060 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 T 20060814170543500 56 15 1555102-251029 39  +050 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 T 20060814171347400 56 15 2354101-523359 39  +075 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 T 20060814174714300 56 15 1952301-245253 39  +110 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 T 20060814175218900 56 15 1956024-250630 39  +100 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 T 20060814175925500 56 15 2000464-252417 39  +110 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 T 20060814180259900 56 15 2003088-253251 39  +110 05
    90016 03 766A   0433 T 20060814181414700 56 15 1616371-002514 39  +100 05
    90062 06 199A   0433 T 20060814182139000 56 15 2017078+134748 39  +120 05
    90062 06 199A   0433 T 20060814182311400 56 15 2018089+134648 39  +120 05
    90062 06 199A   0433 T 20060814182540300 56 15 2019567+134559 39  +120 05
    99912 00 000A   0433 T 20060814183244400 56 15 0758059-863704 39  +080 05
    99912 00 000A   0433 T 20060814183640000 56 15 2103298-681518 39  +075 05
    99912 00 000A   0433 T 20060814183804800 56 15 2104098-585820 39  +073 05
    99912 00 000A   0433 T 20060814183942400 56 15 2106062-484104 39  +070 05
    99912 00 000A   0433 T 20060814184257700 56 15 2111361-303409 39  +080 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    Cosmos 2145
    21301 91 033C   0433 T 20060814174542700 56 15 1949286-252502 39  +083 05
    Gonets D1-3
    23789 96 009C   0433 T 20060814175310800 56 15 1953456-251826 39  +080 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) #90060 - range 32700 kilometres. Occassional flashes seen.
        Could see it "realtime" on the monitor.
    
    (2) #90062 - range 32800 kilometres. Had to integrate in order to
        see it - fairly difficult.
    
    (3) #99912 - interesting optically. About 2-3 magnitude variation
        and once gave a short flash to about mag +5 ,range about 5000 kms.
    
    (4) As usual for my location this time of the year I am constantly
        battling clouds and rain showers - extremely frustrating!
    
    (5) Despite clear conditions at the time I was unable to see
        #99905 at about 28000 kms range.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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