Re: Observation of decaying Molniya 3-16

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Wed, 04 Feb 1998 06:37:56 -0700

At 12:27 AM 2/4/98 -0600, you wrote:
Great job Mike.   I have spent houts looking for it recently with
no success.

Ron Lee



>With a lot of luck, I picked a more or less random BStar drag term
>to apply to the most recent elset for object 12512 and generated
>a prediction that was in error by only 4 minutes.
>
>I observed Molniya 3-16 from about 3:32 to 3:40 UT Feb. 4.
>
>Using the revised elset:
>
>Molniya 3-16  
>1 12512U 81054A   98 35.12674392  .68000000  00000-0  13925-2 0    07
>2 12512  62.1012  88.5918 4306000 272.5575  40.8000  7.20000000    01

>It was observed to be varying from about magnitude 9 to about
>magnitude 10.5 with a period of about 30 seconds.  I used
>an 8 inch f/4.5 telescope at 50x.
>
>Mike McCants
>Austin, TX
>Lat 30.315, Long 97.866
>
>