DCB Obs AUG 26th UT - USA 129 / FIA Radar 2 / USA 81

From: Derek C Breit (breit_ideas@poyntsource.com)
Date: Sun Aug 26 2012 - 19:39:09 UTC

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    EQUIPMENT-
    Orion ST80 with Mogg 0.6 FR and a Mintron integrating camera. ST80 is
    piggybacked on a 12" LX200 which does the slewing and tracking. Focal
    Reducer is at max distance from detector and still capable of focus.
    FOV - 1.98 x 1.48 Degrees
    Time by IOTA-VTI GPS Time inserter (from VideoTimers)
    
    
    Equipment Notes - Luminance only is recorded to video.
    
    THIS IS A WIDEFIELD OBSERVATION.. 50mm Lens / PC164EX2 / Tripod
    
    For CLASSIFIED
    24680 96 072A   8739 G 20120826042358301 26 25 2102974-011146 37 S+065 10
    24680 96 072A   8739 G 20120826042443814 26 25 2114286+164125 37  
    24680 96 072A   8739 G 20120826042527558 26 25 2134778+383206 37  
    24680 96 072A   8739 G 20120826042607098 26 25 2212925+581322 37  
    
    38109 12 014A   8739 G 20120826044214043 26 25 1805672+085783 37  
    38109 12 014A   8739 G 20120826044249512 26 25 1726997+165816 37  
    38109 12 014A   8739 G 20120826044414331 26 25 1544029+321654 37  
    38109 12 014A   8739 G 20120826044548526 26 25 1400375+390061 67  
    
    21949 92 023A   8739 G 20120826045311775 26 25 1342011+414089 37  
    21949 92 023A   8739 G 20120826045402559 26 25 1431658+293323 37  
    21949 92 023A   8739 G 20120826045422413 26 25 1447653+240586 37  
    21949 92 023A   8739 G 20120826045515601 26 25 1524452+085444 37  
    21949 92 023A   8739 G 20120826045623202 26 25 1556596-082553 37  
    
    
    NOTES-
    Obs - Pred: 0.071 deg X-track; 0.697 s early, relative 1.34 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.078 deg X-track; 0.693 s early, relative 1.34 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.084 deg X-track; 0.700 s early, relative 1.34 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.077 deg X-track; 0.764 s early, relative 1.34 day old elset:
    
    Obs - Pred: 0.056 deg X-track; 0.265 s late, relative 2.09 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.002 deg X-track; 0.328 s late, relative 2.10 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.002 deg X-track; 0.558 s late, relative 2.10 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.005 deg X-track; 0.619 s late, relative 2.10 day old elset:
    
    Obs - Pred: 0.201 deg X-track; 1.462 s late, relative 6.11 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.096 deg X-track; 1.375 s late, relative 6.11 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.118 deg X-track; 1.569 s late, relative 6.11 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.092 deg X-track; 1.379 s late, relative 6.11 day old elset:
    Obs - Pred: 0.089 deg X-track; 1.513 s late, relative 6.11 day old elset:
    
    
    
    COMMENTS:
    Observations from Saturday night using the widefield setup. Too much Moon
    for AEHF1 or Prowler.. 
    
    Well that answers the issues from last night. Newer elements and MUCH better
    transparency, made reduction a breeze. It's always nice when scatter is drop
    kicked into a parallel universe..
    
    What sat was being discussed when Ted said "Radiometer"? Was it USA 81??
    USA 81 *could* have easily been confused for EGP.. (Well.. That's if you
    excluded using things like "Elements" or "Prediction Software" and just
    happened to run across it.. ) Nice wild flashes in the NW and SW, and a
    "heartbeat" in between.. 
    I Love "Classified Flashers". EGP is great and all, but everyone knows where
    it is, and where it is going to be.. But this USA 81 pass was awesome!
    
    Question.. What travels 0.432 degrees every 0.033 seconds.. In a straight
    line.. thru the FOV.. and is visible for all 11 frames it takes to cross
    said FOV.. ??? See next email about the USA 81 videos.. It *missed* USA 81
    by about a 0.1 degrees at 4h 55m 15.634s 8/26 UT from the location at the
    bottom of this email..
    
    Derek
    
    Derek C Breit
    BREIT IDEAS Obs - Morgan Hill, CA - COSPAR 8739
    E. Longitude -121 42 10.0, Latitude 37 6 47.8, Alt. 282m;
    
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