Optical 08 Dec 2013 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Dec 09 2013 - 15:25:20 UTC

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    Observations 08 Dec 2013
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
    Used with 135mm focal length f/2.8 TAMRON lens.
    Field of view 7.6 x 5.7 degrees.
    Most images processed and measured manually -  TOPAZ 3 and
    rocket done automatically 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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    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20131208185202449 16 15 0559007-032625 28
    24680 97 072A   0433 G 20131208194213881 16 15 1021155-502112 28
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20131208194224613 16 15 1010455-500206 28
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20131208194238923 16 15 0955431-492253 28
    24680 96 072A   0433 G 20131208194300358 16 15 0930251-475123 28
    24680 06 072A   0433 G 20131208194319943 16 15 0904405-454042 28
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20131208191539447 16 15 1909166-305535 28
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20131208191628877 16 15 1936222-273944 28
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20131208191815867 16 15 2037454-163547 28
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20131208191941765 16 15 2128552-031612 28
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20131208192042470 16 15 2203581+072819 28
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20131208190746153 16 15 0747295-235840 28
    36105 09 066B   0433 G 20131208190749727 16 15 0745174-232531 28
    37386 11 014A   0433 G 20131208183711373 16 15 1517390-724509 28
    37386 11 014A   0433 G 20131208183817410 16 15 1417207-810334 28
    37386 11 014A   0433 G 20131208183913252 16 15 0905371-845640 28
    37386 11 014A   0433 G 20131208184155833 16 15 0505210-501430 28
    37391 11 014B   0433 G 20131208183711373 16 15 1518348-732515 28
    37391 11 014B   0433 G 20131208183817410 16 15 1412551-815405 28
    37391 11 014B   0433 G 20131208183913252 16 15 0818257-844820 28
    37391 11 014B   0433 G 20131208184155833 16 15 0501226-484058 28
    37391 11 014B   0433 G 20131208203132861 16 15 2249526-152406 28
    39025 12 071A   0433 G 20131208193259753 16 15 2241098+193330 28
    39025 12 071A   0433 G 20131208193313483 16 15 2252184+180210 28
    39025 12 071A   0433 G 20131208193350180 16 15 2332243+121154 28
    39025 12 071A   0433 G 20131208193440446 16 15 0116069-040857 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208195002518 16 15 0827311-295121 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208195018726 16 15 0815557-273045 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208195030918 16 15 0807190-253840 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208212716986 16 15 2221235-564633 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208212725193 16 15 2233583-543106 28
    39232 13 043A   0433 G 20131208212737340 16 15 2250395-505448 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182127403 16 15 0523110-004710 38
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182216244 16 15 0518306-071808 87
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182313293 16 15 0513002-164754 38
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182358337 16 15 0508314-260307 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182451629 16 15 0502509-391138 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182540550 16 15 0456472-525824 38
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182633426 16 15 0447234-682741 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182722240 16 15 0423522-815033 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182811246 16 15 1759360-861151 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208182900248 16 15 1706451-763551 18
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208200618398 16 15 0206312+202234 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208200709180 16 15 0127401+115052 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208200759832 16 15 0044197+015346 29
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208200850488 16 15 2358083-081816 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208200941367 16 15 2310496-172308 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208201027507 16 25 2229688-234442 98
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208201118340 16 15 2147461-283841 28
    78817 13 072A   0433 G 20131208201300062 16 15 2039175-332411 38
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185125852 16 15 0554564+030508 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185202449 16 15 0553426-022024 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185238956 16 15 0553086-085357 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185327377 16 15 0553567-194713 18
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185416048 16 15 0557525-334855 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185452605 16 15 0604579-461003 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185525049 16 15 0617447-575631 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185601352 16 15 0650273-702707 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185637799 16 15 0840017-803653 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185714191 16 15 1324017-814711 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208185746558 16 15 1517305-760951 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203007749 16 15 0020200+025211 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203044103 16 15 2341520-055124 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203120604 16 15 2303398-134147 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203132861 16 15 2251109-160028 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203217309 16 15 2208214-225103 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203253761 16 15 2136400-264713 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203326293 16 15 2111136-291545 28
    78820 13 072P   0433 G 20131208203358688 16 15 2049017-305551 48
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    13367 82 072A   0433 G 20131208200941367 16 15 2302202-183424 28
    38246 12 016B   0433 G 20131208185327377 16 15 0553563-180557 18
    39386 13 064G   0433 G 20131208203358688 16 15 2043108-323146 28
    
    NOTES:
    --------
    (1)  Purpose of session was to get more observations on the FIA
         RADAR 3 launch - got two passes each of TOPAZ 3 and rocket.
         Observations processed with APEX - actually rather surprised
         it did the first pass of TOPAZ 3 in strong twilight - dont
         know where it found the necessary number of stars but seems
         to have managed.
    (2)  Second purpose was to confirm recovery of USA 245 #39232
         relocated as the unknown reported in my previous report. Two
         passes tracked so thats another one out of the way for the
         moment. I did a partial plane scan for USA 186 but have
         still to process the 1000 odd images obtained - tomorrow.
    (3)  Also observed OTV3 and a couple of other objects just to fill
         in the time. I still have some observations to process which
         will be done tomorrow as Ive run out of time for today.
    (4)  TOPAZ 3 appeared reasonably steady and bright on both passes-
         has the radar array been deployed yet I wonder. The rocket is
         bright and variable, sometimes almost disappearing but gets
         very bright.
    (5)  No tracking tonight - Im tired and its cloudy!
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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