Re: satellite trail?

From: Arto Oksanen (arto.oksanen@jklsirius.fi)
Date: Mon Aug 19 2013 - 17:48:36 UTC

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    Thanks Mike!
    
    This makes perfectly sense. At the sidereal rate this would cross my field
    of view in 50 seconds and with 50 dots on screen it has flashed exactly at
    1 Hz.  Magnitude 8 per flash is perfectly reasonable too if the flash time
    is very short as it seem to be.
    
    Is this some kind of optical beacon or is it there something that rotates
    this fast?
    
    Mystery is solved.
    
    arto
    
    
    
    2013/8/19 Mike McCants <mmccants@prismnet.com>
    
    > Arto Oksanen posted:
    >
    > >The image has 50 bright dots in a line across the 12 arc minute field.
    >
    > I would assume that you were tracking the sky and that an object
    > in near-geosynchornous orbit would move through your field of view
    > during the time of exposure.
    >
    > The following object is known to flash to magnitude 8 every 1 or 2 seconds:
    >
    > Mentor 1 r
    > 1 23568U 95022B   13230.36811466  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    09
    > 2 23568  13.4751  60.3413 0006347 201.3275 158.6581  1.00543289   606
    >
    > It matches your altitude and azimuth at that time reasonably well.
    >
    > Mike McCants
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    Arto Oksanen
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    Muurame, Finland
    
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