Optical 31 Dec 2007

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Dec 31 2007 - 09:49:03 UTC

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    Observations 31 Dec 2007:
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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 50mm focal length f/1.8 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
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231012937100 56 15 0805310+273414 39  +074 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013101600 56 15 0811450+253325 39  +070 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013238400 56 15 0820070+225300 39  +065 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013356800 56 15 0827560+201853 39  +060 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013448700 56 15 0833480+181939 39  +061 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013536200 56 15 0839590+161718 39  +055 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013616200 56 15 0845450+141914 39  +052 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013709300 56 15 0854390+112046 39  +054 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013809700 56 15 0906430+071854 39  +053 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013847500 56 15 0915480+041156 39  +050 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231013943100 56 15 0932070-011722 39  +048 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231014031100 56 15 0950090-070634 39  +045 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231014107900 56 15 1007340-123030 39  +045 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231014138300 56 15 1024530-173329 39  +045 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20071231014152700 56 15 1034010-200421 39  +045 05
    
    Strays seen :
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    KYOKKO 1  range 4830 kms
    10664 78 014A   0433 G 20071231013137700 56 15 0818470+230620 39  +075 05
    10664 78 014A   0433 G 20071231013201300 56 15 0821420+241728 39  +068 05
    10664 78 014A   0433 G 20071231013232300 56 15 0825230+254552 39  +083 05
    Globalstar MO43
    25874 99 041C   0433 G 20071231013306600 56 15 0811540+172633 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Sole purpose was to track NROL-24  USA 198. Object achieved.
    
    (2) KYOKKO seen as it moved across the field - the positions are given
        when it flashed. Was invisible in between.
    
    (3) Im spending most om my time nowadays tracking satellites by radio so
          unfortunately optical tracking has taken a back seat except in special
          cases.
    
    (4) Happy New Year to all!!!
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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