Optical 14 Dec 2009

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Tue Dec 15 2009 - 12:19:49 UTC

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    Observations 14 Dec 2009:
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    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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    33490 09 001A   0433 T 20091214183623000 56 15 0319568+080417 39  +090 05
    33490 09 001A   0433 T 20091214184117000 56 15 0324548+080526 39  +090 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 T 20091214184716000 56 15 0227175+044648 39  +100 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 T 20091214184941000 56 15 0229444+044932 39  +100 05
    90081 08 628A   0433 T 20091214185627000 56 15 2128242-082741 39  +090 05
    90081 08 628A   0433 T 20091214185858000 56 15 2139311-134926 39  +090 05
    90081 08 628A   0433 T 20091214190237000 56 15 2132540-233542 39  +090 05
    29250 06 027B   0433 T 20091214191459000 56 15 0331249+080805 39  +080 05
    29250 06 027B   0433 T 20091214191852000 56 15 0350459+021819 39  +078 05
    29250 06 027B   0433 T 20091214192553000 56 15 0445067-122102 39  +075 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 T 20091214190351000 56 15 0138569+273053 39  +085 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 T 20091214190643000 56 15 0146522+245837 39  +085 05
    32378 07 060A   0433 T 20091214190744000 56 15 0149582+235921 39  +085 05
    05679 71 110B   0433 T 20091214193103800 56 15 0640280-540220 39  +065 05
    05679 71 110B   0433 T 20091214193331400 56 15 0602090-110614 39  +065 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20091214195419800 56 15 0333500+102551 39  +050 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20091214195444300 56 15 0323290+170504 39  +050 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    Thuraya 2 geostationary
    27825 03 026A   0433 T 20091214183623000 56 15 0320103+080300 39  +110 05
    27825 03 026A   0433 T 20091214184117000 56 15 0325078+080437 39  +110 05
    Delta 1 R/B(1)
    14051 83 041B   0433 T 20091214183623000 56 15 0319480+085707 39  +045 05
    Thor Ablestar rocket
    00059 60 013B   0433 T 20091214192103000 56 15 0359365-012502 39  +045 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Conditions very poor at start and got progressively worse. Beginning
        to despair of getting a decent night - been terrible for WEEKS!
    
    (2) Tracking through thick cloud. On the LEO satellites tracked blind on
        the predictions and hoped for a brief glimpse of the satellite and
        one or two stars to get a position. Worked (sort of!) with #05679
        and #24680
    
    (3) Latest version of HEAVENSAT now allows one to check that correct sats
          identified when using IOD format ( HEAVENSAT Version 220d)
    
    (4) All measuring done manually- conditions too poor to use APEX
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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