SATOBS ML (remote), 8 Feb 2018: 2018-017A (FALCON HEAVY / Elon's Tesla Roadster) imaged!

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:53:18 +0100
Hi all,

With the help of Peter Starr I managed to capture the Falcon Heavy upper stage
with Elon Musks' Tesla Roadster and "Starman" on top of it, using two remote
telescopes in Australia operated by Peter.

While I have imaged translunar objects before, thiose were still in a
geocentered orbit: this is the first time I imaged and tracked an object in a
Heliocentric orbit!

Imagery (still imagery and an animated GIF) is here:

https://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2018/02/starman-falcon-heavytesla-roadster-2018.html

The object was at 550 000 km (1.4 Lunar distances) at that time and variable
between mag +14.6 and +16.6.

The first set is for Q65 Warrumbungle (0.51-meter F/6.3). The second set is for
Dubbo observatory (0.43-m F6.8).


43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165307000 18 15 1433329-271427 15 R+162 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165346000 18 15 1433327-271428 15 R+156 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165426000 18 15 1433326-271429 15 R+162 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165505000 18 15 1433323-271431 15 R+156 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165544000 18 15 1433321-271432 15 R+147 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165624000 18 15 1433318-271433 15 R+151 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165703000 18 15 1433317-271435 15 R+156 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165742000 18 15 1433314-271436 15 R+163 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165822000 18 15 1433312-271438 15 R+163 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165901000 18 15 1433310-271439 15 R+150 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208165941000 18 15 1433308-271440 15 R+158 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170020000 18 15 1433306-271441 15 R+155 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170059000 18 15 1433304-271442 15 R+158 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170138000 18 15 1433302-271443 15 R+160 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170218000 18 15 1433299-271445 15 R+161 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170257000 18 15 1433297-271446 15 R+166 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170336000 18 15 1433295-271447 15 R+160 01
43205 18 017A   9331 G 20180208170416000 18 15 1433293-271448 15 R+158 01

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0.51-meter F/6.3 Dall-Kirkham + CCD + Astrometrica + UCAC4
Warrumbungle Obs., NSW, Australia   31.27517 S, 149.19453 E, 552 m ASL
What these numbers mean: http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
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from Dubbo Obs., 148.58525 E 32.29358 S, 0.43-m F6.8
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208161525000 18 15 1433438-271214 15 R+163 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208162230000 18 15 1433420-271232 15 R+149 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208162923000 18 15 1433402-271249 15 R+161 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208163617000 18 15 1433383-271305 15 R+154 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208164311000 18 15 1433363-271320 15 R+162 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208165005000 18 15 1433341-271335 15 R+157 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208165702000 18 15 1433320-271349 15 R+163 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208170355000 18 15 1433298-271402 15 R+158 01
43205 18 017A   0000 G 20180208171049000 18 15 1433275-271414 15 R+161 01

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0.43-meter F/6.8 Planewave + CCD + Astrometrica + UCAC4
Dubbo Observatory, NSW, Australia    148.58525 E 32.29358 S, 300 m ASL
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- Marco


appendix: the sama data, but in MPC format:


2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70355 14 33 32.94 -27 14 27.1          16.2 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70400 14 33 32.72 -27 14 28.3          15.6 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70447 14 33 32.55 -27 14 29.2          16.2 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70492 14 33 32.33 -27 14 30.8          15.6 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70537 14 33 32.08 -27 14 32.1          14.7 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70583 14 33 31.88 -27 14 33.4          15.1 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70628 14 33 31.67 -27 14 34.6          15.6 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70674 14 33 31.41 -27 14 35.6          16.3 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70720 14 33 31.22 -27 14 37.5          16.3 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70765 14 33 30.99 -27 14 38.5          15.0 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70811 14 33 30.78 -27 14 40.2          15.8 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70856 14 33 30.59 -27 14 40.9          15.5 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70902 14 33 30.37 -27 14 42.2          15.8 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70947 14 33 30.16 -27 14 43.3          16.0 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.70993 14 33 29.93 -27 14 44.7          16.1 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.71038 14 33 29.68 -27 14 45.8          16.6 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.71083 14 33 29.49 -27 14 47.1          16.0 R      Q65
2018-017A     C2018 02 08.71130 14 33 29.26 -27 14 48.4          15.8 R      Q65

2018-017A     V2018 02 08.67737 14 33 43.78 -27 12 13.9          16.3 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.67737 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.68229 14 33 42.00 -27 12 32.0          14.9 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.68229 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.68707 14 33 40.17 -27 12 48.7          16.1 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.68707 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.69186 14 33 38.26 -27 13 04.8          15.4 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.69186 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.69666 14 33 36.25 -27 13 20.3          16.2 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.69666 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.70145 14 33 34.14 -27 13 34.9          15.7 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.70145 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.70627 14 33 32.01 -27 13 48.7          16.3 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.70627 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.71105 14 33 29.75 -27 14 01.9          15.8 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.71105 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247
2018-017A     V2018 02 08.71584 14 33 27.46 -27 14 14.1          16.1 R      247
2018-017A     v2018 02 08.71584 1 148.58525  -32.29358    300                247




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Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
e-mail: sattrackcam_at_langbroek.org

Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
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