Norad 4719 is a nice tumbler

Tue, 25 Feb 97 16:47:30 PST

Hello everyone,
I got into satellite hunting about a year and a half ago, and have
managed to see about 1600 different sats since then.  I spend most
of my observing time looking for satellites I haven't seen yet, so
lately most of the ones I look for (if I see them at all), are very dim
and usually not much to look at.  For the more visually interesting
sats such as EGP and Mir, I e-mail predictions to our local amateur
astronomer observing group and the feedback has been very gratifying.
Even the most grizzled, veteran observers with 18 inch newtonians
who used to think that all satellites look the same get excited when
they see EGP or the TiPS tether for the first time.

Another thing I enjoy about this hobby is the unexpected.  Monday night,
Feb 24, I observed Norad #4719 for the first time.  I wonder why I
hadn't noticed it before, because I was surprised to see that it's a
very nice tumbler, about 1 sec. period, mag. 6 or so.  It's worth a
look for those who haven't seen it yet.

Time:  24Feb97  03:36:40 - 03:37:20 UTC
Place: 36.41.04 N    121.48.04 W     (Marina, Calif.)

Nimbus 4 r CD    2.0  0.0  0.0  6.8 d
1 04719U 70025CD  97052.15183279 +.00000130 +00000-0 +14517-3 0 07728
2 04719 100.0001 261.0638 0134458 053.5588 307.7874 13.86187751353699

Craig Cholar     3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL