looks like ANIK F1 flare is in naked eye range, one flash so far seen from Superbird B1

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Feb 19 2007 - 11:58:44 EST

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    I was using my lens that gives a different feild of view, depending on the focal length. 
    
    At around 7:25 UTC ( Feb 19 ) ANIK F1 ( 26624 ) looked to be between mag 3 to 4, as a estimate. 
    
    So the sat was around
    
    9 h 57 m R.A
    - 6 deg 35 min Dec
    
    Sun at
    
    22 h 09 m R.A
    -11 deg 24 min Dec
    
    So as before, it flares before reaching opposition for the night. 
    
    I so far have, observed one flash of Superbird B1 ( 21893 ) at 7:14:22 UTC. 
    
    So sat was around
    
    9 h 04 min R.A
    -01 deg 23 min Dec
    
    It was around mag 5. The flash duration was over 1 sec, so to me means the spacecraft is slowly
    rotating.
    
    Kevin
    
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
    
    
    
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