71-110 triplet seen

Brierley, David UK (BrierleD@jntf.osd.mil)
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 09:42:53 -0700

I'm happy to report the following observations made using handheld 20x80
binocs at Station 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO, 38.9583N, 104.7603W,
2115m.  They were made possible by Ted Molczan supplying the following
elsets:

NOSS 0 (C)       0.3  0.9  2.4  8.0 d
1 05680U 71110  C 97 21.10021435  .00000000  00000-0  10676-5 0    02
2 05680  69.9990 188.0830 0009658 359.8162   0.3000 13.73802227    01
NOSS 0 (D)       0.3  0.9  2.4  8.0 d
1 05681U 71110  D 97 21.06551227  .00000000  00000-0  10687-5 0    07
2 05681  69.9980 188.5200 0009868 357.8628   2.2500 13.73740578    01
NOSS 0 (E)       0.3  0.9  2.4  8.0 d
1 05682U 71110  E 97 21.09928333  .00000000  00000-0  10733-5 0    09
2 05682  69.9980 192.0600 0010040   0.6563 359.4600 13.73484657    02

Date: 1997 January 24  Epoch: 1950.0

71-110D  UT 11 53 14.82  RA 12 43.1  Dec +13 40 
71-110D  UT 11 54 00.80  RA 13 11.9  Dec +30 03 
71-110D  UT 11 55 07.41  RA 14 24.2  Dec +53 42
71-110E  UT 12 43 57.84  RA 10 43.7  Dec +30 14
71-110C  UT 12 45 08.12  RA 09 33.5  Dec +40 18
71-110C  UT 12 45 38.28  RA 09 22.4  Dec +48 25

Preliminary reduction using SGP4 seems to show that all three were
within a second of time.  D was within 1' of track, E was 8' off, and C
was 14' off.

Approximate mags: D +8.5 to +9 in the zenith.  E +9 at 50 deg el in the
W with one max of +7.  C +9 at 35 deg el in the W with one max of +8.

David Brierley.