Optical 03 Dec 2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Dec 04 2011 - 10:49:01 UTC

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    Observations 03 Dec 2011
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    Generally the CCD camera will be used for high altitude
    slow moving objects, whilst video will be used for LEO sats.
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    updates PC clock every minute - eventually the mechanical shutter
    will read the GPS time and record start of exposure time to nearest
    10 millisecond ( at the moment not talking to one another -software
    problem - I think its sulking ).
    Used with SKYWATCHER 102mm f/5 - focal length 502.3mm, field of
    view 122.7 x 92.6 arc minutes, image scale 8.86 arc sec/pixel.
    Camera being used in 4 bin mode to match my poor seeing.All
    exposures 20 seconds (limited by bright 1st quarter moon and city
    lit sky). Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS
    header from PC clock.
    Images processed and automatically reduced using APEX.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    08516 75 118C   0433 F 20111203204316000 16 15 0435095+191427 18  +127 03
    08516 75 118C   0433 F 20111203204401000 16 15 0435562+191416 18  +126 02
    08516 75 118C   0433 F 20111203204446000 16 15 0436427+191402 28  +133 07
    10787 78 038A   0433 F 20111203204904000 16 15 0410047+170232 28  +114 03
    10787 78 038A   0433 F 20111203205006000 16 15 0411080+170323 37  +119 04
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    11558 79 086A   0433 F 20111203205808000 16 15 0128351+095627 28
    11558 79 086A   0433 F 20111203205852000 16 15 0129294+095749 28
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    13637 82 106B   0433 F 20111203194517000 16 15 0057156+035748 19  +121 07
    13637 82 106B   0433 F 20111203194729000 16 25 0059306+040668 59  +102 15
    13637 82 106B   0433 F 20111203195125000 16 15 0103014+042259 19  +127 08
    13637 82 106B   0433 F 20111203210356000 16 35 0211407+092951 28
    13637 82 106B   0433 F 20111203210501000 16 15 0212288+092120 19  +149 07
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20111203210707000 16 15 0206082+104850 18  +105 02
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20111203210756000 16 15 0206574+105011 28  +102 01
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    15422 77 038C   0433 F 20111203211102000 16 15 0520444+180211 19  +114 04
    15422 77 038C   0433 F 20111203211201000 16 15 0522113+180317 29
    15422 77 038C   0433 F 20111203211239000 16 15 0523046+180350 58  +121 03
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    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20111203190431000 16 15 0300585+082721 18  +105 15
    20203 89 069B   0433 F 20111203212204000 16 15 0612229+113624 68  +133 06
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    23438 94 084D   0433 F 20111203215207000 16 15 0511114+115717 19  +148 07
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    STRAYS SEEN
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    NOTES:
    -------
    (1) First light (satellite wise) for new CCD camera. Still a few minor
        problems to resolve but operable.  System now a LOT superior
        to previous Meade CCD system, both in image quality, eventual timing
        accuracy, far less dead pixels - CCD camera runs at -20 deg C. The
        large format CCD now allows use of a longer focal length but still
        has a reasonable field of view.
    (2) MERCURY 2 missing ?? - most probably moved (again!!)
    (3) Average seeing 13 arc seconds - terrible!!!!!!- but typical of Cape
        Town.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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