Unexpected one-power observation

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 03:32:03 -0600

Monday evening (early Jan. 27 UTC) I was looking for bright ones from 
outside where I work and at approximately 1:28:00-20 saw an UNID about 
mag. +3 moving eastward through Auriga, passing south of Capella.  A 
pretty good candidate -- except for predicted magnitude! -- appears to 
be (very slightly modified Quicksat output, distances in miles):

30.286N  97.739W  168m.  CBA, UT, Austin, Texas   2000  8.0 45 F F T T T
 
***  1998 Jan  26  Mon evening  *** Times are PM CST  ***  1847  640
 
 H  M  S  Tim Al Azi C Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  EW Phs  R A   Dec
 
 1642 Transtage 4 Db 65 82D               4.0       5.5 
 7 28  2   .0 60  55   148  5.2   1 6  427 135  484 1.8  45  537  43.0
 7 28 22   .0 52  63   155  5.4   1 6  427  97  525 1.6  35  623  39.6

Presumably, a very favorable orientation of the object, as well as, 
perhaps, the very good phase angle, range of less than 800 km, and a 
very good night (in spite of poor location) -- combined to allow it to 
be seen at one-power?

The two brightest ones that I saw were TRMM (25063, 97-74A) and Magion 
5 Rk (24294, 96-50D).  The latter was again quite bright, perhaps at 
least +1.5 (or maybe even +1?); its phase was very good, and its range 
was less than 600 km.

Ed Cannon
ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Austin, Texas, USA