Optical 26 August 2009

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Thu Aug 27 2009 - 13:17:51 UTC

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    Observations 26 AUGUST 2009
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    
    Video ~100mm f/2.8 telephoto lens with Mintron surveillance camera,
    exposures 1.96 seconds each. Individual time frames are time stamped
    to nearest 0.1 second from GPS derived signal.
    
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20090826180656000 16 15 2146511+045722 28  +121 02_
    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20090826180843000 16 15 2148371+050223 28  +115 01
    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20090826180959000 16 15 2149524+050553 28  +115 02
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20090826181146000 16 15 2156212+031037 38  +117 01
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20090826181254000 16 15 2157274+031412 28  +116 01
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20090826181346000 16 15 2158142+031706 38  +104 02
    10669 78 016A   0433 F 20090826181639000 16 15 2130556-054110 28  +137 07
    10669 78 016A   0433 F 20090826181909000 16 15 2133213-053256 48  +124 03
    10669 78 016A   0433 F 20090826182100000 16 15 2135107-052640 28  +130 03
    11397 79 053A   0433 F 20090826182631000 16 15 1916229-105240 28  +135 54
    11397 79 053A   0433 F 20090826182938000 16 15 1919299-104817 28  +132 01
    11397 79 053A   0433 F 20090826183154000 16 15 1921500-104503 28  +135 02
    13086 82 019A   0433 F 20090826183429000 16 15 1534150-074343 28  +139 02
    13086 82 019A   0433 F 20090826183803000 16 15 1537454-075345 87  +136 01
    13086 82 019A   0433 F 20090826184041000 16 15 1540214-080023 28  +139 03
    18583 87 097A   0433 F 20090826184402000 16 15 2106499-074714 18  +133 01
    18583 87 097A   0433 F 20090826184519000 16 15 2108075-074622 18  +131 01
    18583 87 097A   0433 F 20090826184849000 16 15 2111364-074353 28  +131 05
    25746 99 028C   0433 F 20090826172227600 56 15 2043466+013239 39  +050 05
    25746 99 028C   0433 F 20090826172248900 56 15 2045176+030212 39  +050 05
    26880 01 033A   0433 F 20090826173618000 16 15 2100211+005805 28  +118 01
    26880 01 033A   0433 F 20090826173737000 16 15 2101407+005717 28  +117 01
    26880 01 033A   0433 F 20090826173811000 16 15 2102149+005659 38  +117 01
    27691 03 008A   0433 F 20090826174408500 16 15 2023556+051620 28  +127 02
    27691 03 008A   0433 F 20090826174548500 16 15 2025351+051619 28  +126 01
    27691 03 008A   0433 F 20090826174723500 16 15 2027107+051618 28  +128 02
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20090826170320000 16 15 1833269+022741 28  +088 01
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20090826170527000 16 15 1835338+022818 28  +086 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20090826170714000 16 15 1837207+022850 28  +085 00
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20090826173944000 16 15 2023116+051102 38  +117 08
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20090826174408500 16 15 2027368+051049 28  +125 04
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20090826174755500 16 15 2031244+051038 28  +124 06
    96144 96 644A   0433 F 20090826183429000 16 15 1532363-071721 28  +107 01
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    GSAT 3
    28417 04 036A   0433 F 20090826180656000 16 15 2148290+044119 28  +131 11
    28417 04 036A   0433 F 20090826180959000 16 15 2151325+044114 68  +127 08
    METSAT 1
    27525 02 043A   0433 F 20090826180656000 16 15 2148063+050646 28  +109 01
    27525 02 043A   0433 F 20090826180959000 16 15 2151104+050644 28  +110 02
    INSAT 4CR
    32050 07 037A   0433 F 20090826180656000 16 15 2148342+050800 28  +111 01
    32050 07 037A   0433 F 20090826180959000 16 15 2151382+050759 28  +109 03
    INSAT 3C
    27298 02 002A   0433 F 20090826180656000 16 15 2148389+050936 28  +102 01
    27298 02 002A   0433 F 20090826180959000 16 15 2151430+050935 28  +101 01
    SL-12 R/B
    16870 86 007F   0433 F 20090826182631000 16 15 1917068-105444 28
    16870 86 007F   0433 F 20090826183154000 16 15 1922324-105501 19  +132 28
    SL-12 R/B(2)
    33111 08 033D   0433 F 20090826174408500 16 15 2024313+053205 28  +121 01
    33111 08 033D   0433 F 20090826174755500 16 15 2028203+053326 28  +118 02
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20090826170320000 16 15 1833349+022440 28  +113 03
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20090826170714000 16 15 1837293+022545 28  +107 02
    INTELSAT 904
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20090826173944000 16 15 2020443+051436 38  +110 03
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20090826174300500 16 15 2024013+051429 38  +118 02
    EKRAN 11  Regular flasher, period about 19 seconds
    14377 83 100A   0433 F 20090826184946000 16 15 2115191-065838 18  +114 01
    14377 83 100A   0433 F 20090826185156000 16 15 2117303-065247 18  +102 01
    SL-12 R/B(2)
    14195 81 102F   0433 F 20090826190706500 16 15 1626561-101433 28  +136 08
    14195 81 102F   0433 F 20090826190718500 16 15 1627079-101451 68
    COSMOS 2428
    31792 07 029A   0433 F 20090826165718800 56 15 1823200+023854 39
    SL-24 DEBRI
    31791 07 028C   0433 F 20090826170017800 56 15 1833190+015753 39  +060 05
    SL-14 R/B
    22040 92 042G   0433 F 20090826170257200 56 15 1826310+020519 39  +050 05
    MOLNIYA 3-27  range 2550 kms
    16393 85 117A   0433 F 20090826171540300 56 15 2046115+010718 39  +060 05
    BREEZE M DEBRI (tank)  range 5000 kms steady
    28870 05 036C   0433 F 20090826175055000 56 15 1805018-025458 39  +045 05
    ARIANE 5 R/B  range 900 kms steady
    27387 02 009B   0433 F 20090826175157000 56 15 1807000-024106 39  +020 05
    METEOR 2-5  steady
    11605 79 095A   0433 F 20090826175552300 56 15 1809388-033742 39  +040 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Much cloud about - wanted to check if WGFS-2 was drifting but still
        were it was when previously observed so perhaps on final station just
        east of DSCS3-13.
    (2) USA 202 still sitting on Thuraya'2 doorstep.
    
    (3) As usual code 16 = APEX measurement and done with the CCD camera
        and code 56 = video done with the Mintron.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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