Optical 09 Aug 2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Thu Aug 11 2011 - 11:59:40 UTC

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    Observations 09 August 2011
    -------------------------------
    
    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.
    Generally the DSI Pro II camera will be used for high altitude
    slow moving objects. Tests seem to indicate that its sensitivity
    is comparable to the MINTRON ( possibly better) but as its not
    possible (?) to time stamp to better than 1 second accuracy the
    time resolution is not good enough for LEO objects.
    
    (1) 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 135mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 128 fields
    which is equivalent to a max exposure of 2.56 seconds maximum
    per image, but dependent on sky brightness. Field of view
    2.4 x 1.8 degrees.
    Individual frames are video time stamped with GPS derived signal.
    Images processed and measured manually.
    
    (2)Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 05 sec min to 30 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done but dark field applied.
    Used with 102mm aperture f/2.56 refractor ,field of view 84 x 63
    arc minutes. Can get to magnitude 13 or so in less than 20 seconds
    exposure.
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is checked against GPS signal.
    Images processed and automatically reduced using APEX.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    07963 75 055A   0433 G 20110809172454000 16 15 2033598-075350 28  +145 05
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    08482 75 118A   0433 G 20110809175314500 16 15 2041560-012040 28
    10669 78 016A   0433 G 20110809195202000 16 15 2048446-063139 28  +135 05
    10669 78 016A   0433 G 20110809195339500 16 15 2050206-062557 68  +132 03
    10669 78 016A   0433 G 20110809195506000 16 15 2051452-062121 28  +130 05
    10669 78 016A   0433 G 20110809195612500 16 15 2052511-061741 28  +136 03
    10941 78 058A   0433 G 20110809192120000 16 15 1613061+025533 28
    10941 78 058A   0433 G 20110809192203000 16 15 1613498+025446 28  +114 02
    10941 78 058A   0433 G 20110809192245000 16 15 1614322+025403 28
    11397 79 053A   0433 G 20110809174019500 16 15 2027302-074624 28
    11397 79 053A   0433 G 20110809174208500 16 15 2029180-074150 28
    11397 79 053A   0433 G 20110809174301500 16 15 2030103-073934 28
    11397 79 053A   0433 G 20110809174355500 16 15 2031035-073718 28
    11397 79 053A   0433 G 20110809174439500 16 15 2031474-073502 38
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    11558 79 086A   0433 G 20110809191913000 16 15 1623153-015118 28
    11558 79 086A   0433 G 20110809191959000 16 15 1624013-015137 18
    12932 81 107C   0433 G 20110809180732000 16 15 2040549-005514 38
    12932 81 107C   0433 G 20110809180901000 16 15 2042288-005248 38  +136 04
    12932 81 107C   0433 G 20110809181051000 16 15 2044237-004945 38  +140 04
    12932 81 107C   0433 G 20110809181127000 16 15 2045037-004845 38
    12932 81 107C   0433 G 20110809181222000 16 15 2045593-004722 38  +135 05
    13086 82 019A   0433 G 20110809182902000 16 15 1827186-121513 28  +153 04
    13086 82 019A   0433 G 20110809183002000 16 15 1828203-121502 28  +142 01
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    15543 85 010B   0433 G 20110809171023000 16 15 2009026-124823 38  +090 05
    15543 85 010B   0433 G 20110809171049000 16 15 2009306-124746 38
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    20355 89 090B   0433 G 20110809170631000 16 15 2041163-110037 28  +095 05
    20355 89 090B   0433 G 20110809170705000 16 15 2041545-110110 28  +095 05
    20355 89 090B   0433 G 20110809170738000 16 15 2042284-110136 28  +095 05
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    20963 90 097B   0433 G 20110809171326000 16 15 1956261-105217 38
    20963 90 097B   0433 G 20110809171359000 16 15 1957004-105231 38
    20963 90 097B   0433 G 20110809171442500 16 15 1957458-105248 28
    23855 96 026A   0433 G 20110809190309000 16 15 1724361-032711 38
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    23855 96 026A   0433 G 20110809190434000 16 15 1726088-032843 38
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20110809184602000 16 15 1720384+004926 38  +127 02
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20110809184701000 16 15 1721370+004700 28  +127 01
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20110809184751000 16 15 1722280+004441 28  +125 05
    25336 98 029A   0433 G 20110809193919000 16 15 1433483-000642 18
    25336 98 029A   0433 G 20110809194000000 16 15 1434290-000803 28
    25336 98 029A   0433 G 20110809194041000 16 15 1435110-000926 97
    26716 01 009B   0433 G 20110809190010000 16 15 1732185+014841 38
    26716 01 009B   0433 G 20110809190052000 16 15 1732553+014709 68  +105 03
    26716 01 009B   0433 G 20110809190131000 16 15 1733378+014619 38
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20110809181348000 16 15 2027208-003427 28
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20110809181441000 16 15 2028139-003511 28
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    32287 07 054A   0433 G 20110809190621000 16 15 1706160+054640 38
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    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20110809170002000 16 15 1720566+021854 28  +095 05
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20110809170125000 16 15 1722195+021829 28
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    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20110809192915000 16 15 1455284+025545 18
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    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110809182624000 16 15 1959192+051355 28  +105 05
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110809182708000 16 15 2000046+051359 28  +122 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110809183522000 16 15 1834045+052206 87
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    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110809183824000 16 15 1837067+052203 18  +119 03
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    37377 11 011A   0433 G 20110809192627000 16 15 1541558+000947 18
    
    UNKNOWN BRIGHT OBJECT AT ~ RANGE 12000 KMS,i = 63?  n = 2 ?
    ===================================================================
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809164809900 16 15 1707006+012801 28  +040 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809164858000 16 15 1708490+021925 38  +045 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809164941100 16 15 1710354+030648 28  +045 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809165045000 16 15 1712573+041815 28  +045 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809165151900 16 15 1715029+052906 28  +050 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 G 20110809165240000 16 15 1719301+060849 28  +055 05
    
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    =====================
    DELTA 1 DEB   Variable to invisible
    12171 78 026L   0433 G 20110809165859500 16 15 1720312+015246 28  +070 05
    SL-14 R/B(2)
    18340 87 074G   0433 G 20110809171511600 16 15 2002459-111412 28  +060 05
    OKEAN 1  Extremely bright!!!!
    19274 88 056A   0433 G 20110809172856900 16 15 1704303+025335 28  -020 05
    SL12 R/B(2)
    23013 94 012D   0433 G 20110809172225500 16 15 2031492-080655 38
    23013 94 012D   0433 G 20110809172327500 16 15 2032506-080735 38
    23013 94 012D   0433 G 20110809172446500 16 15 2034103-080824 28
    23013 94 012D   0433 G 20110809172605000 16 15 2035282-080930 28  +130 05
    SL-12 R/B(20
    25465 98 050D   0433 G 20110809191035000 16 15 1658472+052524 48
    ATLAS 2A CENTAUR R/B range 18862 kms, steady
    26389 00 034B   0433 G 20110809174426900 16 15 2028458-065620 28  +065 05
    INTELSAT 904
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110809182545000 16 15 1957480+051243 28  +105 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110809182624000 16 15 1958262+051255 28  +105 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110809182708000 16 15 1959126+051305 28  +118 02
    HOT BIRD 6
    27499 02 038A   0433 G 20110809190621000 16 15 1706309+052752 38
    27499 02 038A   0433 G 20110809190716000 16 15 1707260+052750 28  +126 15
    27499 02 038A   0433 G 20110809190820000 16 15 1708287+052753 38  +119 02
    27499 02 038A   0433 G 20110809190905000 16 15 1709141+052752 38  +120 02
    HELLAS-SAT 2
    27811 03 020A   0433 G 20110809183522000 16 15 1833513+052513 87
    27811 03 020A   0433 G 20110809183743000 16 15 1836119+052510 97  +119 01
    27811 03 020A   0433 G 20110809183824000 16 15 1836534+052509 18  +119 01
    THURAYA 2
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    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20110809165731000 16 15 1718310+021703 38  +107 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20110809165909000 16 15 1720091+021631 28  +125 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20110809170002000 16 15 1721024+021615 28  +126 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20110809170125000 16 15 1722254+021549 28
    PEGASUS R/B
    28983 06 008D   0433 G 20110809170609600 16 15 2038395-102722 28  +070 05
    HOTBIRD 8
    29270 06 032A   0433 G 20110809190621000 16 15 1706289+052755 48
    29270 06 032A   0433 G 20110809190716000 16 15 1707216+052758 28  +134 01
    29270 06 032A   0433 G 20110809190820000 16 15 1708263+052759 38  +139 01
    29270 06 032A   0433 G 20110809190905000 16 15 1709116+052759 38  +138 01
    AMC-14
    32708 08 011A   0433 G 20110809200634000 16 15 1942157+013659 38
    32708 08 011A   0433 G 20110809200745000 16 15 1943221+013206 38  +108 01
    32708 08 011A   0433 G 20110809200837000 16 15 1944122+012825 38  +075 01
    32708 08 011A   0433 G 20110809200923000 16 15 1944555+012509 28  +105 02
    32708 08 011A   0433 G 20110809201006000 16 15 1945367+012207 28  +109 01
    HOT BIRD 9
    33459 08 065A   0433 G 20110809190621000 16 15 1706299+052442 38
    33459 08 065A   0433 G 20110809190716000 16 15 1707251+052441 28
    33459 08 065A   0433 G 20110809190820000 16 25 1708520+052351 19
    33459 08 065A   0433 G 20110809190905000 16 15 1709151+052440 38  +131 05
    EUTELSAT W2A
    34710 09 016A   0433 G 20110809191035000 16 15 1656576+052512 28
    COMSAT BW-2
    36582 10 021B   0433 G 20110809190621000 16 15 1707132+053044 38
    36582 10 021B   0433 G 20110809190716000 16 15 1708082+053041 28  +135 01
    36582 10 021B   0433 G 20110809190820000 16 15 1709131+053039 38  +140 01
    36582 10 021B   0433 G 20110809190905000 16 15 1709584+053036 38  +139 01
    
    NOTES:
    ------------
    (1) Another good night despite bright moon.
    
    (2) CANYON 6 - #07963 on limit of system - bit of imagination required ?
    
    (3) Three HOT BIRD satellites very close together so may have correct
        identifications incorrect but since not one of our targets doesnt
        really matter ....
    
    (4) Hope I have PAN and HELLAS-SAT-2 correctly identified
    
    (5) Eutelsat W2A observed for fun as its one of "my" FTA TV satellites-
        use it to receive MGM PORTUGAL TV channel.
    
    (6) Unknown seen by accident whilst waiting for it to get dark at USA 202
        position. Easily seen on the video recording.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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