Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@mail.unicall.be)
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 21:35:07 GMT

Observing Program of the BWGS

The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300

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SATORAMA (=satjan98.txt, observations in PPAS7-06.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object

Special remarks

Top-priority objects :
87- 74 G !     18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: still accelerating !?
89- 86 B !     20306/Meteor 3-3 R/B,  flashing according to Leo Barhorst
91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated !!!
91- 46 A !     21533/Gorizont 23 geosat with slowly decreasing period !
96- 71 B !     24678/C 2336 r, accelerating !?

NEW objects:
76- 73 B       9329/Comstar 2 Rk, NEW, rediscovered by KJ, asymm. period, GTO
78- 35 B       10779/Intelsat4A6 Rk, NEW, rediscovered by KJ, GTO
78- 68 B       10976/Comstar 3 Rk, NEW, rediscovered by KJ,  GTO
81-  3 A       NEW, flashing according to RE
83-111 A       NEW, flashing according to RE
89-  4 A       19765/NEW, Gorizont 17, flashing according to Daniel Karcher
92- 94 A       22286/ Kosmos 2228/ NEW
94- 35 B       23133/ Centaur AC76, NEW, discovered by Ed Cannon
97- 51 D       24947/ NEW, Iridium 27, flashing with about 4s !
97- 64 B       25018/ NEW, Lacrosse 3 rocket second stage flashing
97- 86 D       25129/Block-DM 3 rocket, NEW

144 observations received from 8 observers :

 AS:     Alex Seidel             Stade/Elbe                Germany
 EC:     Ed Cannon               Austin, Texas             USA
 KJ:     Kurt Jonckheere         Antwerpen                 Belgium
 LB:     Leo Barhorst            Alkmaar                   The Netherlands
 RE:     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
 RGL:    Ron Lee                 Falcon                    USA
 RM:     Rob Matson              Belmont Shore, CA         USA
 WN:     Walter Nissen           Silver Spring,            USA

Next deadline for sending in observations: February 12, 1998
to Kurt Jonckheere, Noendries 15, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org.  This is just a
small amount of additional work for you, but it makes life much easier
for me.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites

    Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)  51.2 N  2.9 E  4m ASL 
   (Old accelerations : http://uc2.unicall.be/kjonckheere/index.htm) 
    observations collector for the Belgian Working Group Satellites: 
Send your observations of flashing satellites, preferrably in the correct
             PPAS format to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org