Optical 14 Feb 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Feb 15 2010 - 12:02:18 UTC

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    Observations 14 FEB 2010
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
    ==================
    10941 78 058A   0433 P 20100214203245000 16 15 0439411+075008 28  +112 00
    10941 78 058A   0433 P 20100214203312000 16 15 0440073+075025 38  +112 01
    10941 78 058A   0433 P 20100214203339000 16 15 0440331+075042 28  +114 01
    10941 78 058A   0433 P 20100214203409000 16 15 0441014+075059 28  +116 02
    14675 84 009A   0433 P 20100214202957000 16 15 0545269+132149 28
    14675 84 009A   0433 P 20100214203024000 16 15 0545491+132146 38
    14675 84 009A   0433 P 20100214203051000 16 15 0546111+132142 28
    14675 84 009A   0433 P 20100214203124000 16 15 0546379+132137 38
    19976 89 035A   0433 P 20100214202537700 16 15 0758388+115448 28  +105 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 P 20100214202753100 16 15 0800439+115450 28  +105 05
    19976 89 035A   0433 P 20100214202917700 16 15 0802026+115411 28  +105 05
    23223 94 054A   0433 P 20100214203554000 16 15 0407503+054320 38
    23223 94 054A   0433 P 20100214203635000 16 15 0408301+054430 38
    23223 94 054A   0433 P 20100214203702000 16 15 0408573+054520 28
    23855 96 026A   0433 P 20100214203839000 16 15 0646491+142813 18
    23855 96 026A   0433 P 20100214203923000 16 15 0647308+142840 28
    23855 96 026A   0433 P 20100214204005000 16 15 0648154+142828 28
    25336 98 029A   0433 P 20100214182137500 16 15 0451341+133338 28
    25336 98 029A   0433 P 20100214182318500 16 15 0453141+133522 38
    25336 98 029A   0433 P 20100214182508500 16 15 0455041+133716 28  +084 00
    25336 98 029A   0433 P 20100214182726500 16 15 0457223+133934 28
    27168 02 001A   0433 P 20100214194056500 16 15 0725199+083851 38  +103 00
    27168 02 001A   0433 P 20100214195044500 16 15 0735115+084301 38
    27168 02 001A   0433 P 20100214195217500 16 15 0736445+084338 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20100214191116000 16 15 0800109+075237 28  +085 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20100214191209000 16 15 0801044+075211 28  +089 01
    33490 09 001A   0433 P 20100214191440000 16 15 0803365+075059 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 P 20100214190110000 16 15 0659302+052622 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 P 20100214190150000 16 15 0700093+052634 48  +112 04
    35815 09 047A   0433 P 20100214190321000 16 15 0701427+052626 38
    35815 09 047A   0433 P 20100214190517000 16 15 0703369+052628 38
    90085 09 790A   0433 P 20100214183855000 16 15 0503566+320001 28  +106 01
    90085 09 790A   0433 P 20100214184101000 16 15 0505386+315632 38  +116 02
    90085 09 790A   0433 P 20100214184834500 16 15 0511555+314346 28
    90085 09 790A   0433 P 20100214184958500 16 15 0513089+314103 28
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ===============
    COSMOS 2412 GLONASS RANGE 21136 KM
    28510 04 053C   0433 E 20100214202957000 16 15 0544513+133915 79
    28510 04 053C   0433 E 20100214203124000 16 15 0546140+124938 98  +150 10
    JCSAT2
    20402 90 001B   0433 E 20100214202620000 16 15 0751368+112725 28
    20402 90 001B   0433 E 20100214202824000 16 15 0753367+113051 28
    SL-12 R/B(2) RANGE 37957 KM
    23171 94 038D   0433 E 20100214203839000 16 15 0645173+143408 18
    23171 95 038D   0433 E 20100214204005000 16 15 0646435+143641 28
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 E 20100214191116000 16 15 0759519+075710 28  +112 01
    27825 03 026A   0433 E 20100214191440000 16 15 0803173+075534 28
    GALAXY 11
    26038 99 071A   0433 E 20100214190110000 16 15 0658414+052823 28  +093 00
    26038 99 071A   0433 E 20100214190517000 16 15 0702486+052827 38  +094 00
    INTELSAT 802
    24846 97 031A   0433 E 20100214190110000 16 15 0659117+052841 28  +112 00
    24846 97 031A   0433 E 20100214190150000 16 15 0659524+052842 38
    24846 97 031A   0433 E 20100214190321000 16 15 0701243+052844 38
    24846 96 031A   0433 E 20100214190517000 16 15 0703185+052846 38  +114 06
    E-BIRD
    27948 03 043A   0433 E 20100214190110000 16 15 0700093+053046 28  +126 05
    27948 03 043A   0433 E 20100214190517000 16 15 0704162+053050 38  +122 01
    SL-12 R/B(2) RANGE 37844KM
    27444 02 029D   0433 E 20100214202620000 16 15 0754318+113653 28
    27444 02 029D   0433 E 20100214202824000 16 15 0756335+113924 28
    ANIK E2
    21222 91 026A   0433 E 20100214202730500 16 15 0759450+111247 28  +125 05
    COSMOS 1656 STEADY
    15755 85 042A   0433 E 20100214181850200 16 15 0444390+130744 28  +035 05
    LEASAT 3 PKM STEADY
    16229 85 028E   0433 E 20100214183019000 16 15 0425199-052815 28  +060 05
    
    Notes:
    ----------
    (1) Much cloud about eventually forcing me to stop after which it cleared
    up..... usual story with my summer.
    
    (2) MENTOR-2 still drifting slowly westwards-looks like current drift
    rate is correct as close to predicted position.
    
    (3) As usual not 100% sure which is PAN satellite. Hope I have it correct,
    if not then its probably the one called INTELSAT 802. GALAXY 11 is the
    brightest and most western satellite in the compact group of 4 and E-BIRD
    is the most eastern one.
    
    (4) Because of all the drifting cloud I am currently having APEX appears
    unable to provide magnitudes sometimes.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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