2012-044 A-D Obs, 17 August 2012. Brigh

From: ronlee@pcisys.net
Date: Fri Aug 17 2012 - 03:55:03 UTC

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    In order of appearance.  Used Heavensat to generate observing info.  Used 7x50 binoculars.  Falcon, Colorado USA observation site
    1)  BREEZE-M DEB,  38747,  2012-044-D 
    Initially see around 3:01:40 UT (HH:MM:SS).   Much brighter than anticipated.  Approximately magnitude 5.5 
    I watched it for 20-30 seconds and there may have been some fluctuation in brightness but that is not a positive observation characteristic.
    2) EXPRESS MD2,  38745,	2012-044-B 
    Appeared around 3:04:00 UT.  My first thought of it besides being a bit brighter at about magnitude 4 was an apparent orangish tint that was noticed for most, if not all, of the time I watched it.  Steady magnitude.
    3)  BREEZE-M R/B, 38746,   2012-044-C
    Observation starting around 3:08:40.  White coloration.  Steady and possibly in the magnitude 3.0 to 3.5 range.  It was so bright that I looked at it visually (no binoculars/naked eye) and even without my glasses for far vision/astigatism I was able to see it.
    4)  TELKOM 3,  38744,  2012-044-A 
    It was about 30 seconds in trail to 38746 and was essentially identical in magnitude, color and steady magnitude over 30 seconds or so.  At one point I was able to see both at the same time naked eye.
    Allow suitable errors for my magnitude estimates but I believe that I had favorable phase angle and range for this pass.  It is certainly worth looking at these objects under similar conditions.
    Ron Lee
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