Obs 30 Jan 2006 part 2 -last

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Thu Feb 02 2006 - 09:11:19 EST

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    Observations 30 Jan 2006: (Part 2)
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 2.56 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE :
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    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20060130184927900 56 15 0637139+131647 39  +074 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20060130194159000 56 15 0438490+054104 39  +100 05
    90043 05 835A   0433 G 20060130205822600 56 15 0441216+070149 39  +095 05
    
    Strays:
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    Iridium 7
    24793 97 020B   0433 G 20060130185416400 56 15 0642051+133749 39  +053 05
    SL-3 r/b
    07493 74 083B   0433 G 20060130190820300 56 15 0624410+295755 39  +045 05
    Astro E2
    28773 05 025A   0433 G 20060130191715100 56 15 0115340-040610 39  +030 05
    Irs 1B
    21688 91 061A   0433 G 20060130193919300 56 15 0717017+190215 39  +070 05
    Eutelsat W3A
    28187 04 008A   0433 G 20060130194159000 56 15 0442434+052956 39  +100 05
    Tele-X
    19919 89 027A   0433 G 20060130194159000 56 15 0449033+062248 39  +095 05
    CZ-3 r/b range 17125 kms
    20559 90 030B   0433 G 20060130201531800 56 15 1050297-134340 39  +076 05
    Cosmos 807
    08744 76 022A   0433 G 20060130205821000 56 15 0448003+072408 39  +080 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Sorry I did not report yesterday - got sidetracked. Purchased another
        4 second hand camera lenses so spent the day trying them out for
        optical quality etc and manufacturing an adaptor so the most
    interesting
        lens would fit my MINTRON camera. These lenses will be testing over
    the
        next few tracking sessions.
    
    (2) Making progress with the program ASTROSNAP but have found it necessary
        to start rewriting the supplied manual as I feel it is too vague on
        many points. A very good program and should be of use to video
    observers.
        The version I am using (V1.3f) is freeware and is readily available
        on the Internet.Once I have redone the manual I will make it available
        to anyone who feels it may be of interest.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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