Re: New Iridiums Spotted

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 20 Feb 98 11:53:12 PST

I've seen the new Iridium cluster twice now, in the evening and
morning, but missed the rocket both times despite having the freshest
OIG elsets.  I was using my scope, so maybe it passed outside my 1
degree FOV, but I also scanned the path with binoculars without any
luck.  In any case, it was worth getting up this morning for the Iridiums,
the GLobalstars, and a very nice mag 3 NOSS trio.

I'd like to thank Richard Keen for posting the heads-up about Mare Orientale.
It was a treat to see that.  I forwarded his post to other local skywatcheers
and they were also glad to have seen it.

Thursday evening Cosmos 2265 Rk (22876) made a great mag 2 pass with
a slant range of only 323km (201 miles).  If you like looking at bright,
fast movers (the Quicksat EW value was 3.9), it's worth keeping an eye out
for.  It's making evening near-perigee passes at mid northern latitudes.

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, California
 36 41 10.3N,  121 48 17.9W    (36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -8