SATOBS ML (4353), 2 Dec 2011: Fobos-Grunt

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Sat Dec 03 2011 - 11:37:27 UTC

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    Obs SatTrackCam Leiden (Cospar 4353):
    
    37872 11 065A   4353 F 20111202172852300 17 75 1859250+147450 56
    
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    Canon EOS 450D + EF 50/2.5 Macro @ 2.8, 800 ISO + ASTRORECORD astrometric software.
    What these numbers mean: http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
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    I managed to rather unexpectedly observe this pass low west-southwest during 
    sudden short but bright clearings (leaving me very little preparation time with 
    the equipment).
    
    Fobos-Grunt was fast, stable and bright, attaining mag. +1 at one point while 
    still quite low in the sky, at rooftop level.
    
    It entered earth shadow earlier than I had anticipated, and when I opened the 
    camera for a first picture it was already starting to fade considerably. For 
    this reason, only the start-point of the trail was measured, the end point 
    already was too ambiguous.
    
    - Marco
    
    
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    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
    e-mail: sattrackcam@wanadoo.nl
    
    Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
    Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
    SatTrackCam: http://home.wanadoo.nl/marco.langbroek/satcam.html
    Station (b)log: http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com
    Twitter: @Marco_Langbroek
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