Re first loss of 2005

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Mon Jan 10 2005 - 16:16:08 EST

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    I am soooo confused.
    
    A few days ago I posted my thoughts on Astra 1b.....which over the last 
    couple of months has been looking decidedly sick.
    
    I was soon corrected by a statement from SES , which indicated that there 
    wasn't a problem....and in fact looking at the TLEs for the group , all 
    seven satellites are nicley clustered around 19.2 east.
    
    That being so , how do we explain this
    
    http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/astrasjan1004.jpg
    
    Six birds in a nice tight group...but number seven . well out to the east 
    and still brighter than the rest.
    Latest TLEs do indicate 1B is at 19.31 east.......my image puts it at least 
    19.5 , if not further east.
    
    Any ideas ?
    
    (there's also an unidentified track above 1B yet to be investigated...)
    Exposure is 20 seconds  E-W FOV 30 arc seconds.
    
    John 
    
    
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