Optical 13 Jan 2007

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Jan 14 2007 - 07:19:31 EST

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    Observations 13 Jan 2007:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 96 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.92 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    For CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185052400 56 15 0457574+015710 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185056200 56 15 0458575+014000 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185059900 56 15 0500051+012112 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185103700 56 15 0501091+010342 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185107400 56 15 0502130+004452 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185111200 56 15 0503150+002627 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 P 20070113185115000 56 15 0504226+000740 39  +075 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 P 20070113191730600 56 15 0558009+131322 39  +080 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 P 20070113192025300 56 15 0458004+070057 39  +090 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20070113193750900 56 15 0341544+330320 39  +090 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20070113194951000 56 15 0437001+105232 39  +085 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20070113195928300 56 15 0606231-232711 39  +040 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20070113200113500 56 15 0635379-312827 39  +075 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20070113200512300 56 15 1005183-551401 39  +050 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20070113200525400 56 15 0948559-533241 39  +045 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20070113200623700 56 15 0841573-422521 39  +040 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20070113200714400 56 15 0754376-275440 39  +030 05
    90061 06 667A   0433 P 20070113202356500 56 15 0811036+000559 39  +035 05
    90061 06 667A   0433 P 20070113202400300 56 15 0813308+001930 39  +035 05
    90061 06 667A   0433 P 20070113202404100 56 15 0815547+003303 39  +035 05
    90061 06 667A   0433 P 20070113202405900 56 15 0817058+003928 39  +035 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 P 20070113204955100 56 15 1146584-360714 39  +050 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 P 20070113205032700 56 15 1122164-313126 39  +060 05
    90035 05 625A   0433 P 20070113210223700 56 15 0855173+051529 39  +105 05
    
    
    Strays seen :
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    Intelsat 904 geostationary
    27380 02 007A   0433 P 20070113210223700 56 15 0854373+052023 39  +100 05
    SL-8 R/B steady
    11379 79 046B   0433 P 20070113211909200 56 15 2355204-701837 39  +075 05
    SL-8 R/B steady
    20046 89 042B   0433 P 20070113213041000 56 15 0105547-555354 39  +075 05
    SL-8 R/B steady
    22007 92 036B   0433 P 20070113214709900 56 15 0017511-520211 39  +065 05
    Meteor 3-5 variable
    21655 91 056A   0433 P 20070113205212300 56 15 1123464-315945 39  +060 05
    SL-16 R/B steady
    19650 88 102B   0433 P 20070113201213400 56 15 0919354-353825 39  +020 05
    Delta 2 R/B(1) steady
    25135 98 002B   0433 P 20070113191458200 56 15 0451462+073152 39  +035 05
    SL-14 R/B  steady
    18959 88 020B   0433 P 20070113191144500 56 15 2336321-055731 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Thick bands of cirrus caused a lot of problems.
    
    (2) #90025 has done an orbit change - running about 3 minutes late on
        current predictions.
    
    (3) #90065 - piece of mylar - has been behaving itself the past few weeks-
        gave one bright glint to about mag +4 but usually around mag +8 and
        totally irregular
    
    (4) Will not be tracking tonight as I have some urgent work to do on
        my system. It has been exposed to the elements now for about 3-4
        years and things are packing in - eg co-axial cable and connections
        have become very noisy and even intermittent, one pc floppy drive
        failed last night due to boards "creeping" out of the motherboard
        sockets,etc etc. I also want to make some changes/improvements. I
        also think I need another PC ( which means the setup needs 4 pc's!)
        -trouble is I have enough problems at the moment watching all the
        monitors- need eyes in the back of my head :-))
    
    (5) Currently appear to have lost #91090 and #90042., both geostationary's
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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