Re: USA 86, 116, 129 elsets

Tony Beresford (
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 10:24:14 +1030

At 15:44 20/12/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Have any of the austral observers (oz, za, etc.)  been able to confirm that
>those three satellites are still in orbits consistent with the elsets from
>2-3 months ago?
USA 129 is not currently sunlit close enough to the equator for observers
at 35S. Its visiblity here coincided with my absence from Adelaide ,
going to Eurosom and USA.
USA 116 is a morning object, and I will look for it when the weather
clears. I looked for USA-86 during its evening pass on Friday dec 18, and
saw nothing + or -5 minutes from the prediction using the elset you
mention. I will be looking over a longer window when weather clears.
At this time of year we often get long spells of clear weather.
Tony Beresford