Optical 27 Dec 2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Wed Dec 28 2011 - 12:37:50 UTC

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    Observations 27 Dec 2011
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    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 82mm focal length f/2.8 lens,integrating for 128 fields
    Field of view 4.3 x 3.1 degrees. All images measured manually.
    
    Individual frames are video time stamped with GPS derived signal.
    
    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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    37391 11 014B   0433 F 20111227184240700 56 15 2258217-770106 39
    37391 11 014B   0433 F 20111227184353300 56 15 0218448-673619 39
    37391 11 014B   0433 F 20111227184509200 56 15 0339293-471009 39
    37386 11 014A   0433 F 20111227184240700 56 15 2238021-773255 39
    37386 11 014A   0433 F 20111227184353300 56 15 0212535-691514 39
    37386 11 014A   0433 F 20111227184509200 56 15 0338598-491959 39
    28384 04 034A   0433 F 20111227192203000 56 15 0323469+175137 39  +045 05
    28384 04 034A   0433 F 20111227192351700 56 15 0333302+144403 39  +045 05
    28384 04 034A   0433 F 20111227192436900 56 15 0338060+131535 39  +045 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 F 20111227203229900 56 15 0403451-140149 39  +020 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 F 20111227203232400 56 15 0403577-151623 39  +020 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 F 20111227203235000 56 15 0404089-163119 39  +020 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 F 20111227214012600 56 15 1539196-724633 39  +035 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 F 20111227214026200 56 15 1533136-744954 39  +035 05
    36104 09 066A   0433 F 20111227214037400 56 15 1526145-763932 39  +035 05
    32706 08 010A   0433 F 20111227214442400 56 15 0158152+105730 39  +065 05
    32706 08 010A   0433 F 20111227214538500 56 15 0159326+093032 39  +065 05
    
    UNKNOWN 19 DEC 2011:
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    99999 99 999C   0433 G 20111219212709329 16 15 0153157+011952 78
    99999 99 999C   0433 G 20111219212943843 16 25 0157201+013916 39
    99999 99 999C   0433 G 20111219213212127 16 15 0200511+015631 79
    
    UNKNOWN 27 DEC 2011:
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    99999 99 999B   0433 F 20111227192122100 56 15 0323288+170340 39  +055 05
    99999 99 999B   0433 F 20111227192351700 56 15 0335311+155214 39  +055 05
    99999 99 999B   0433 F 20111227192436900 56 15 0338540+153058 39  +055 05
    99999 99 999B   0433 F 20111227192707300 56 15 0349219+142726 39  +055 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    ARIANE 5 R/B  range 6255 km steady
    35944 09 054C   0433 F 20111227185136600 56 15 0359056+292157 39  +070 05
    BREEZE M DEB TANK  range 4855 kms, steady
    36518 10 016C   0433 F 20111227190848700 56 15 0850040-205619 39  +060 05
    SL-8 R/B
    09510 76 108B   0433 F 20111227190922700 56 15 0855496-222026 39  +057 05
    COSMOS 2356
    25367 98 036E   0433 F 20111227191646700 56 15 0331149+165115 39  +075 05
    SL-8 R/B
    16292 85 110B   0433 F 20111227192436900 56 15 0341449+142141 39  +045 05
    IRIDIUM 97
    27450 02 031A   0433 F 20111227194505800 56 15 1023337-384731 39  +060 05
    THORAD AGENA B R/B variable
    00426 62 049B   0433 F 20111227194945100 56 15 1028110-380225 39  +065 05
    EGS ( AJISAI) usual disco ball display
    16908 86 061A   0433 F 20111227195200500 56 15 1021545-382438 39  +060 05
    COSMOS 883 variable
    09610 76 122A   0433 F 20111227201010600 56 15 2133078-595448 39  +075 05
    HELIOS 1B steady
    25977 99 064A   0433 F 20111227201346400 56 15 2134265-580043 39  +030 05
    SL-14 R/B steady
    12849 81 094B   0433 F 20111227201940400 56 15 1053078-475719 39  +060 05
    IDEFIX  steady
    27422 02 021B   0433 F 20111227202126400 56 15 1053481-494421 39  +040 05
    BREEZE M DEB TANK  range 19160 kms
    35875 09 050C   0433 F 20111227202854900 56 15 0408068-150818 39  +075 05
    IRIDIUM 97 (again!)
    27450 02 031A   0433 F 20111227212745100 56 15 0150425-472203 39  +060 05
    SL-8 R/B
    14484 83 111B   0433 F 20111227213510300 56 15 1543174-744841 39  +050 05
    
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) Main purpose was to look for USA 129 and USA 186 with wider field
        setup. Neither satellite seen -5 to +5 minutes on predictions so
        looks like they have moved. Next session will do orbit plane scans-
        they cannot escape for long :-)))
    
    (2) Bright unknown seen - cant find any obvious match. I have a feeling
        its the same unknown seen on the 19th December 2011 - attach the
        respective observations. BUT - as proved in the past I am not always
        correct :-((
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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