Optical 29 Dec 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Thu Dec 30 2010 - 13:24:18 UTC

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    Observations 29 DEC 2010
    ----------------------------
    
    Clestron SLT Nexgen mount with NextRemote program.
    
    CCD setup:
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    Processed automatically with APEX but a few images measured manually
    which APEX could not reduce due to overhead power lines "damaging"
    the images.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
    ======================
    DSP-F2R
    05205 71 039B   0433 G 20101229210816000 16 15 0510200+151759 18  +137 00
    05205 71 039B   0433 G 20101229210945000 16 15 0511495+151608 38  +134 02
    05205 71 039B   0433 G 20101229211041000 16 15 0512452+151507 28
    05205 71 039B   0433 G 20101229211117000 16 15 0513221+151414 38  +134 02
    05205 71 039B   0433 G 20101229211211000 16 15 0514160+151306 28
    DSP-F3R
    05854 72 010B   0433 G 20101229195500000 16 15 0626509+141403 28
    05854 72 010B   0433 G 20101229195611000 16 15 0628017+141200 18
    05854 72 010B   0433 G 20101229195655000 16 15 0628462+141042 28
    05854 72 010B   0433 G 20101229195804000 16 15 0629552+140833 38
    05854 72 010B   0433 G 20101229195857000 16 15 0630470+140720 28
    DSP-F6
    08916 76 059A   0433 G 20101229205838000 16 15 0439016+204109 28
    08916 76 059A   0433 G 20101229210022000 16 15 0440492+204049 28
    08916 76 059A   0433 G 20101229210133000 16 15 0442009+204033 28
    08916 76 059A   0433 G 20101229210230000 16 15 0443008+204019 28
    08916 76 059A   0433 G 20101229210325000 16 15 0443571+204005 28
    DSP-F10R
    13089 82 019B   0433 G 20101229204013000 16 15 0534078+211639 28  +132 00
    13089 82 019B   0433 G 20101229204149000 16 15 0535490+211735 28  +141 01
    13089 82 019B   0433 G 20101229204241000 16 15 0536434+211806 38
    13089 82 019B   0433 G 20101229204338000 16 15 0537434+211839 38
    13089 82 019B   0433 G 20101229204434000 16 15 0538424+211902 38
    CANYON-7 R2
    15422 77 038C   0433 G 20101229204723000 16 15 0726568+172537 28
    15422 77 038C   0433 G 20101229204830000 16 15 0728242+172400 18
    15422 77 038C   0433 G 20101229204924000 16 15 0729311+172303 38
    15422 77 038C   0433 G 20101229205120000 16 15 0731531+172101 28
    15422 77 038C   0433 G 20101229205032000 16 15 0730536+172154 28
    DSP-F12R
    15454 84 129B   0433 G 20101229201648000 16 15 0543485+203359 28
    15454 84 129B   0433 G 20101229201800000 16 15 0545034+203542 28  +128 02
    15454 84 129B   0433 G 20101229201853000 16 15 0545594+203701 28
    15454 84 129B   0433 G 20101229201947000 16 15 0546561+203819 28
    15454 84 129B   0433 G 20101229202045000 16 15 0547564+203939 28
    DSCS 3-4
    20203 89 069B   0433 G 20101229202511000 16 15 0424545+070113 19
    20203 89 069B   0433 G 20101229202623000 16 15 0426043+070434 59
    20203 89 069B   0433 G 20101229202819000 16 15 0427580+070916 38
    20203 89 069B   0433 G 20101229202927000 16 15 0429043+071218 18
    20203 89 069B   0433 G 20101229203022000 16 15 0429583+071443 97
    DSP-F18
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20101229203250000 16 15 0427136+070808 78
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20101229203357000 16 15 0428205+071130 18
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20101229203449000 16 15 0429111+071344 28
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20101229203623000 16 15 0430468+071800 28
    24737 97 008A   0433 G 20101229203757000 16 15 0432173+072157 28  +112 00
    MERCURY-2R
    25349 96 026B   0433 G 20101229193342500 16 15 0623574+143634 28  +110 01
    25349 96 026B   0433 G 20101229193432500 16 15 0624433+143644 28
    25349 96 026B   0433 G 20101229193513500 16 15 0625201+143651 18
    25349 96 026B   0433 G 20101229193551500 16 15 0625550+143658 28
    25349 96 026B   0433 G 20101229193630500 16 15 0626305+143705 18  +113 00
    DSP-F21
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20101229192621500 16 15 0700236+084917 28
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20101229192708500 16 15 0701103+085014 28
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20101229192745500 16 15 0701481+085101 28
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20101229192824500 16 15 0702266+085148 28  +109 03
    26880 01 033A   0433 G 20101229192910500 16 15 0703129+085243 28  +111 03
    MITEX NRL U/S
    29242 06 024C   0433 G 20101229200116000 16 15 0412300+051033 28
    29242 06 024C   0433 G 20101229200238000 16 15 0413551+051210 28
    29242 06 024C   0433 G 20101229200319000 16 15 0414378+051249 18
    29242 06 024C   0433 G 20101229200415000 16 15 0415366+051410 28
    29242 06 024C   0433 G 20101229200516000 16 15 0416405+051521 18  +138 02
    USA 202
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20101229185059000 16 15 0432555+081500 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20101229185229000 16 15 0434261+081530 38
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20101229185302000 16 15 0434594+081542 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20101229185345000 16 15 0435431+081557 28
    
    
    PAN MYSTERY:
    ================
    INTELSAT 26? - DOESNT FIX VERY WELL TIME WISE
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20101229185848500 16 15 0505117+052106 28
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20101229185955000 16 15 0506173+052107 28  +098 05
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20101229190206500 16 15 0508291+052109 28
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20101229190247500 16 15 0509106+052110 28
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20101229190336500 16 15 0509586+052111 38
    YAMAL-202
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229185848500 16 15 0503036+052317 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229185955000 16 15 0504098+052311 28  +095 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190206500 16 15 0506220+052319 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190247500 16 15 0507037+052318 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190336500 16 15 0507523+052318 38
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190545500 16 15 0510018+052318 18
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190651500 16 15 0511081+052319 18
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190741500 16 15 0511580+052319 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229190839000 16 15 0512539+052314 28  +095 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20101229191041500 16 15 0514587+052319 18
    PAN
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229185848500 16 15 0503004+052737 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229185955000 16 15 0504064+052735 28  +095 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190206500 16 15 0506217+052739 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190247500 16 15 0507005+052739 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190336500 16 15 0507491+052740 38
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190545500 16 15 0509587+052741 18
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190651500 16 15 0511050+052742 18
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190741500 16 15 0511550+052741 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229190839000 16 15 0512510+052739 28  +095 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20101229191041500 16 15 0514556+052744 18
    
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ==============
    SL-12 R/B(2)
    14086 83 016F   0433 G 20101229194603000 16 15 0609186+204747 28
    SL-12 R/B(2)
    17874 84 016F   0433 G 20101229194603000 16 15 0610094+204632 28
    THOR 1 (MARCO POLO 2)
    20762 90 074A   0433 G 20101229202623000 16 15 0426551+063726 48
    20762 90 074A   0433 G 20101229202819000 16 15 0428495+064203 48
    20762 90 074A   0433 G 20101229202927000 16 15 0429551+064521 18
    EUTELSAT W48
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20101229190545500 16 15 0506480+051635 18
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20101229190651500 16 15 0507543+051707 18
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20101229190741500 16 15 0508442+051732 28
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20101229190839000 16 15 0509399+051753 28  +085 05
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20101229191041500 16 15 0511446+051900 18
    ASTRA 3A
    27400 02 015B   0433 G 20101229200516000 16 15 0414130+052906 67
    27400 02 015B   0433 G 20101229200116000 16 15 0410133+052907 28  +130 00
    27400 02 015B   0433 G 20101229200238000 16 15 0411347+052905 28
    27400 02 015B   0433 G 20101229200319000 16 15 0412162+052904 87
    27400 02 015B   0433 G 20101229200415000 16 15 0413119+052905 28
    GSAT 2
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20101229190545500 16 15 0505406+052131 18
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20101229190651500 16 15 0506468+052134 18
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20101229190741500 16 15 0507369+052137 28
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20101229190839000 16 15 0508321+052132 28  +100 05
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20101229191041500 16 15 0510376+052148 18
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20101229185059000 16 15 0432540+081554 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20101229185229000 16 15 0434243+081628 38
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20101229185302000 16 15 0434574+081641 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20101229185345000 16 15 0435411+081656 28
    TURKSAT 3A
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229200819000 16 15 0541221+052536 97  +110 00
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229200819000 16 15 0541242+052528 97  +120 01
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229201114000 16 15 0544140+052549 47  +122 01
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229201114000 16 15 0544165+052540 37  +109 00
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229201320000 16 15 0546234+052537 27
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20101229201320000 16 15 0546259+052535 37
    ASTRA 3B
    36581 10 021A   0433 G 20101229200116000 16 15 0410098+052622 28
    36581 10 021A   0433 G 20101229200238000 16 15 0411314+052621 28
    36581 10 021A   0433 G 20101229200319000 16 15 0412128+052623 87
    36581 10 021A   0433 G 20101229200415000 16 15 0413086+052625 28
    36581 10 021A   0433 G 20101229200516000 16 15 0414095+052627 67  +123 00
    
    NOTES:
    ----------
    
    (1) Purpose of observings ession was to become more familiar with using
        the Celestron Nexgen GOTO mount  - very nice once you get used to the
        manner in which commands are sent to the mount. Also wanted to find
        PAN and observe a few of the high altitude satellites that needed
        observations.
    
    (2) DSP-F21 quite a long way off predictions but this always seems to
        be the case so from experience knew I had to move more a fair bit
        more west than predicted.
    
    (3) MERCURY-2 (#23855) may have moved again - unable to find it but as
        it was passed my bedtime I did not try too hard.
    
    (4) Now the PAN problem. I suspected that it would be parked next to
        YAMAL 202 and started here and indeed found a satellite close to
        YAMAL 202. However a bit further east was a slightly fainter geosat
        for which I dont have a match - I have labelled the observations
        as YAMAL 202, PAN and INTELSAT 26 but Im not happy with the latter-
        its quite a long way off the predicted position for INTELSAT 26.When
        I observed I thought it was INTELSAT 26 so did not check further east
        if it was this satellite, so unless the INTELSAT 26 elements are poor
        this is an "unknown".
    
    (5) Will probably observe again tomorrow night - if its clear.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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