USA 129 search

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sun Dec 28 2003 - 01:10:01 EST

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    No success so far. I have observed around the orbit plane transit time
    on both  of local evenings of 26th and 27th december from about
    12:25 to 13:00 UT on 25th and 12:27 to 13:03UT on 27th.
    Observing naked eye. I cant observe with binoculars for such a long
    interval, though I had them to hand.
     I expect USA129 to flare at least once anyway.
    Around 12:30 UT on Dec 27 saw what must have been a tumbling
    iridium, with short but not strobe=like peaks that reached mag -5
    at least, some 5 seconds apart for 5-6 glints.
    The observing conditions have been perfect since dec 23, with clear
    nights every night. Thisis common at this time of year.
    Back in 1987 i made magnitude estimates of Supernova 1987A
    on 16 succrssive nights over the Xmas-New year period.
    Tony Beresford 
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