Optical 22 Dec 2013

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Dec 23 2013 - 12:19:47 UTC

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     Observations 22 December 2013
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     Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
     FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
     Used with 87mm focal length f/2.8 Nikon lens.
     Field of view 12.0 x 9.0 degrees.
     Images processed automatically using APEX.
    
     Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
     Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
     UNKNOWN:
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     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201112925 16 15 2315439-254808 68  +087 01
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201225343 16 15 2318068-254729 78  +089 02
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201345848 16 15 2320455-254648 68  +089 01
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201626815 16 15 2326031-254454 78  +086 03
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201747304 16 15 2328418-254349 68  +083 02
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201907791 16 15 2331557-254441 58  +089 01
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222201915846 16 15 2331561-254438 68  +086 06
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222202028287 16 15 2333590-254126 58  +083 01
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222202148778 16 15 2336370-254007 78  +086 02
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222202309273 16 15 2339168-253838 78  +088 03
     99999 99 999A   0433 G 20131222202429765 16 15 2341551-253653 68  +085 01
    
     NOTES:
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     (1) First clear night since I last observed so concentrated on Teds
        possible orbits for the suspected MOLNIYA object observed. So far it
        would appear the search was negative for this object.
     (2) However an unknown was sighted for which I cannot find a match. I did
        not notice it at the time as it was stellar like and moving too
        slowly but when I flipped through the exposures rapdily the movement
        was readily apparent. It was going the wrong way so not the object
        being looked for and was higher in altitude than the MOLNIYA object.
        It appeared steady in all 112 exposures secured and about magnitude
        +8.5 so is a bright object considering the altitude.
     (3) Still to process the remaining observations so dont know what remains
        to be revealed.
    
     (4) A little OT but see its being discussed at the moment. My new laptop runs
         Windows 8 and I am the administrator but it refuses to even look at various
         software I wrote using Power Basic - possibly because Windows 8 is 64 bit
         and Power Basic (because of its age! ) probably a lot less. Any clues as
         to how this problem can be solved ?  The software runs under windows XP
         with no problems. Its not serious as Im quite happy to continue runing XP
         on some of my PC's -- one is still running Dos 6.5!
    
     Cheers
     Greg
    
     
    
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