Telstar 401 continued

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Dec 05 2003 - 02:21:16 EST

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    Last night outside the building where I work, in the middle of
    the city on a too-well-lit campus, with no binoculars I saw
    Telstar 401 (93-077A, 22927) from 1:35:19 to 1:48:26 (Dec 5 UTC; 
    7:35:19 to 7:48:26 Dec 4 CST) -- eight flashes, the last two not 
    particularly bright.  The first one wasn't as bright as Mars but 
    wasn't a lot fainter either.  Recently it's been about 11 to 15 
    minutes earlier each night.  The previous night, with binoculars 
    at beginning and end, I watched it from 1:40:49 to 2:16:27.  
    Tonight it will be roughly about 10 degrees below Mars, more or 
    less, sometime after 1:15-20 UTC (7:15-20 CST).  I hope someone 
    far from here gets to see it before it goes into twilight in 
    just a few nights; it would add some good points to our data 
    about it.
    The previous evening (Dec 4 UTC) at BCRC I also saw two neat 
    double-flash ones.  The first was 74-044A (07337, Cosmos 660).  
    The double-flash maxima were widely and irregularly spaced, but 
    when it flashed, it flashed twice.  The other was unexpected as 
    I was looking for Tele-X.  The maxima about every 5.55 seconds 
    on average were doubles, but part of the time one pair was a 
    lot brighter than the other.  Findsat said it was 77-041B 
    (10025, Intelsat 4-4 Rk).
    That night Orion 3 (99-024A, 25727) did a couple of -3 flashes.
    I watched Superbird A (89-071A, 20040) flash from about 
    3:14:41 to 3:21:32 UTC.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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