Obs 30 Dec 2005 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Sat Dec 31 2005 - 09:56:44 EST

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    Observations 30 Dec 2005:(Part 1)
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 96 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.92 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    "Old" Unknowns:
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    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230185126200 56 15 0508197+034002 39  +100 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230185547800 56 15 0521318+034953 39  +098 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230185818200 56 15 0529358+035651 39  +098 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230190210900 56 15 0542498+040948 39  +098 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230190437600 56 15 0551436+041933 39  +100 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230190835200 56 15 0607095+043811 39  +100 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230191105200 56 15 0617332+045153 39  +103 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230191422000 56 15 0632084+051251 39  +105 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230191634500 56 15 0642380+052854 39  +110 05
    91051 05 862A   0433 G 20051230192043300 56 15 0703510+060351 39  +115 05
    
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230220050400 56 15 0244207+205926 39  +095 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230220412400 56 15 0251271+151216 39  +100 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230220718000 56 15 0257523+082253 39  +095 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230220944400 56 15 0302453+012156 39  +090 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230221211000 56 15 0307301-081355 39  +085 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230221448700 56 15 0311533-233135 39  +080 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230221644500 56 15 0313451-401239 39  +075 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230221814100 56 15 0312403-570214 39  +075 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230222024500 56 15 0211515-843501 39  +078 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230222125700 56 15 1628262-823849 39  +080 05
    91050 05 859A   0433 G 20051230222246500 56 15 1554182-685248 39  +090 05
    
    New Unknown:
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    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230225309600 56 15 0425425+271654 39  +090 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230225526200 56 15 0428325+254737 39  +090 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230225800400 56 15 0431556+235858 39  +085 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230230028600 56 15 0435175+220339 39  +085 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230230230800 56 15 0438127+201801 39  +080 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230230519700 56 15 0442321+173613 39  +080 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230230758500 56 15 0447014+144201 39  +075 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230231042400 56 15 0452013+111229 39  +075 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230231252700 56 15 0456286+075727 39  +070 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230231511900 56 15 0501481+035234 39  +070 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230231723500 56 15 0507388-004743 39  +065 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230231859600 56 15 0512335-045027 39  +065 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230232053300 56 15 0519183-103515 39  +060 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230232305600 56 15 0529265-190055 39  +055 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230232541700 56 15 0546576-321912 39  +050 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230232837400 56 15 0626332-523554 39  +045 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230233056200 56 15 0759227-701148 39  +050 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230233247700 56 15 1143380-764643 39  +060 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230233535600 56 15 1525509-641735 39  +065 05
    91053 05 364MEO 0433 G 20051230233622200 56 15 1546531-600616 39  +075 05
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
    ------------------------
    
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051230193000800 56 15 1347226-723408 39  +060 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051230193143200 56 15 0914112-761854 39  +050 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051230193356400 56 15 0540237-342111 39  +030 05
    90042 05 828A   0433 G 20051230200130400 56 15 0645430+053937 39  +105 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230201341900 56 15 1137096-475751 39  +055 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230201402800 56 15 1115041-464620 39  +053 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230201434800 56 15 1038370-434717 39  +050 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230201450900 56 15 1019084-413737 39  +047 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230201503800 56 15 1003209-393114 39  +045 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20051230215224600 56 15 2316063-355122 39  +065 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051230235405100 56 15 1827273-740829 39  +070 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051230235522900 56 15 1807305-852416 39  +060 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051230235613800 56 15 0647329-835349 39  +050 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051230235701700 56 15 0632398-700617 39  +040 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051230235734000 56 15 0628516-581656 39  +030 05
    
    
    Notes:
    ------
    
    (1) In a moment of madness I decided to do a long tracking session
        and do some experimenting.The sky transparency was very variable as
        a result of local grass fires etc and this sometimes hampered
        observations as the integration time of the camera kept changing
        as the light levels changed. (I had the camera on ELC or ELECTRONIC
        LIGHT CONTROL which seems best for my sky but it looks like I have
        set the control too high- about 80% - next time I will take it down
        to about 40% and hopefully it will respond more slowly to light
        level variations).
    
    (2) I have two DVD disk recordings to go through so this will keep me
        buys for the next day or two so I do not plan to track again this
        year otherwise my wife will kill me.
    
    (3) My thanks to Ted Molczan and Mike McCants for providing the elements
        based on observations for the unknown satellites - makes tracking 
        them a lot easier! Both #91050 and #91051 have some variability in 
        brightness.
    
    (4) #91053 was a spectacular object easily reaching naked eye
        visibility.
    
    (5) All being well I hope to report the remaining observations
        tomorrow - these will mainly be geostationary observations plus
        whatever strays were observed - I have to measure them to determine
        whether they are an UNKNOWN or a known satellite.
        
    (6) Ive had enough for today - short of sleep/ tired eyes and a very
        sore back!!
        
    (7) Happy New Year!!!
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
        
    
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