Optical 24 Dec 2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Dec 25 2011 - 12:47:43 UTC

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    Observations 24 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 DSI Pro II camera will be used for high altitude
    slow moving objects. Tests seem to indicate that its sensitivity
    is comparable to the MINTRON ( possibly better) but as its not
    possible (?) to time stamp to better than 1 second accuracy the
    time resolution is not good enough for LEO objects.
    
    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 135mm focal length f/2.5 lens,field of view 2.4 x 1.8
    degrees.
    Individual frames are video time stamped with GPS derived signal.
    Images processed and measured manually.
    
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    NOSS 1D - seen by accident
    08836 76 038D   0433 G 20111224193355500 56 15 0025124+034152 39  +080 05
    08836 76 038D   0433 G 20111224193403200 56 15 0028300+045526 39  +080 05
    AEHF1 R easy variable mag +7.5 to +9
    36869 10 039B   0433 G 20111224193555900 56 15 0030320+040050 39  +075 05
    36869 10 039B   0433 G 20111224193733200 56 15 0031548+034925 39  +080 05
    36869 10 039B   0433 G 20111224194006800 56 15 0034060+033245 39  +075 05
    36869 10 039B   0433 G 20111224194352000 56 15 0037116+030814 39  +085 05
    NOSS 2-2(D) seen by accident
    21808 91 076D   0433 G 20111224200847300 56 15 1105272-624053 39  +035 05
    21808 91 076D   0433 G 20111224200855500 56 15 1110182-620714 39  +035 05
    21808 91 076D   0433 G 20111224200902500 56 15 1114191-613911 39  +035 05
    IGS 5 R running about 186 seconds early - easy, slight variability
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20111224203130400 56 15 1147235-615211 39  +040 05
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20111224203135000 56 15 1141276-615551 39  +050 05
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20111224203146700 56 15 1125490-615844 39  +045 05
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20111224203158700 56 15 1107589-615321 39  +040 05
    IGS 1A easy , steady
    27698 03 009A   0433 G 20111224205743800 56 15 1208496-490937 39  +040 05
    27698 03 009A   0433 G 20111224205754800 56 15 1158100-483813 39  +040 05
    IGS 5A easy, steady
    36104 09 066A   0433 G 20111224211851600 56 15 1234490-614523 39  +040 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 G 20111224211900700 56 15 1221541-615406 39  +040 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 G 20111224211908300 56 15 1210203-615743 39  +040 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 G 20111224211926500 56 15 1139468-614754 39  +035 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    SL-3 R/B
    14208 83 075B   0433 G 20111224185216800 56 15 0830513-234653 39  +045 05
    SL-3 R/B
    10114 77 057B   0433 G 20111224185807500 56 15 0838429-240605 39  +050 05
    SL-8 R/B
    14179 83 069J   0433 G 20111224193639500 56 15 0036270+040107 39  +080 05
    COSMOS 1275 DEB rapid variation mag + 7/+9
    12650 81 053E   0433 G 20111224194321400 56 15 0037084+042159 39  +070 05
    LUCH 5A  at location given by SPACETRACK
    37951 11 074B   0433 G 20111224195148900 56 15 0617235+051425 39  +095 05
    37951 11 074B   0433 G 20111224195648400 56 15 0622233+050759 39  +095 05
    GEOSAT
    15595 85 021A   0433 G 20111224202241600 56 15 1119312-623510 39  +055 05
    SL-8 R/B
    28522 05 002B   0433 G 20111224202241600 56 15 1129054-624236 39  +060 05
    SL-8 R/B
    14484 83 111B   0433 G 20111224205549800 56 15 1206272-484519 39  +045 05
    SL-19 R/B variable +8.5 to invisible
    35501 09 036D   0433 G 20111224210319800 56 15 1207146-533303 39  +085 05
    ASAP-S  steady
    38013 11 076G   0433 G 20111224210817700 56 15 1221446-593101 39  +080 05
    38013 11 076G   0433 G 20111224210827800 56 15 1209078-593408 39  +080 05
    PLEIADES 1 slight variation mag +8.0/+8.5
    38012 11 076F   0433 G 20111224211429800 56 15 1227188-601627 39  +080 05
    38012 11 076F   0433 G 20111224211441900 56 15 1212512-602328 39  +085 05
    38012 11 076F   0433 G 20111224211450000 56 15 1202066-602331 39  +080 05
    THORAD AGENA D R/B steady - parallel to PLEIADES 1
    00733 64 002A   0433 G 20111224211429800 56 15 1230483-593710 39  +055 05
    00733 64 002A   0433 G 20111224211441900 56 15 1217489-594804 39  +050 05
    
    NOTES:
    ---------
    (1) Reasonably good night - transparency could have been a bit better.
    
    (2) Main purpose was to track AEHF1 R, confirm location of LUCH 5A, try
        and find some of the Japanese "classified" satellites which are slightly 
    "lost"
        and see what was visible from the 11 076 launch which will probably be
        "classified". The ELIZA payloads are all either fainter than mag +8.5
        at the elevation observed or may have moved ? SSOT also not seen.
    
    (3) USA 129 and USA 186 not seen - probably due to too narrow a field of
        view and some time since last observed. Will use wider angle lens
        next time I track. Should not be a problem locating them.
    
    (4) Father Christmas not seen :-(((
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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