Optical 04 Jan 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Tue Jan 05 2010 - 14:04:31 UTC

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    Observations 04 JAN 2010
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    06691 73 040A   0433 F 20100104224614000 16 15 0859181+094944 58  +082 03
    06691 73 040A   0433 F 20100104224717000 16 15 0900196+094609 68  +125 03
    06691 73 040A   0433 F 20100104224826000 16 15 0901268+094237 28  +133 04
    06691 73 040A   0433 F 20100104224909000 16 15 0902087+094008 38
    10941 78 058A   0433 F 20100104212422000 16 15 0423281+074348 28
    10941 78 058A   0433 F 20100104212449000 16 15 0423544+074406 28
    10941 78 058A   0433 F 20100104212516000 16 15 0424208+074425 28  +109 00
    10941 78 058A   0433 F 20100104212544000 16 15 0424451+074456 48  +107 03
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20100104212139000 16 15 0411572+125839 38
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20100104212207000 16 15 0412201+125852 28
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20100104212231000 16 15 0412408+125906 28
    14675 84 009A   0433 F 20100104212258000 16 15 0413035+125920 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20100104211530000 16 15 0614133+114529 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20100104211602000 16 15 0614383+114541 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20100104211627000 16 15 0614599+114550 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 F 20100104211654000 16 15 0615227+114601 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20100104211757000 16 15 0615591+110825 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20100104211842000 16 15 0616440+110928 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20100104211906000 16 15 0617084+111002 28
    22787 93 056A   0433 F 20100104211931000 16 15 0617330+111036 28  +127 02
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203032000 16 15 0121177+010437 38
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203144000 16 15 0122292+010618 18
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203237000 16 15 0123218+010733 18
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203328000 16 15 0124134+010845 18
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203414000 16 15 0124593+010951 47  +118 01
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203454000 16 15 0125392+011047 18
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20100104203530000 16 15 0126152+011137 37
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104203822000 16 15 0413245+120626 28  +103 02
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104203851000 16 15 0413517+120708 28
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104203916000 16 15 0414152+120746 28
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104203940000 16 15 0414372+120821 28  +107 00
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104204010000 16 15 0415049+120905 28  +106 00
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104204037000 16 15 0415299+120945 28  +105 00
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20100104204102000 16 15 0415533+121021 18
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213042500 16 15 0458453+274649 48
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213149500 16 15 0500493+265649 28
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213306500 16 15 0503100+255928 38
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213433500 16 15 0505421+245659 38
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213529500 16 15 0507199+241556 48  +093 01
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213623500 16 15 0508528+233711 58
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20100104213717500 16 15 0510233+225844 38  +121 01
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200157000 16 15 0420145+055750 38  +118 01
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200324000 16 15 0421380+060113 28  +128 02
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200409000 16 15 0422233+060307 28
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200445000 16 15 0422586+060431 28  +117 01
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200520000 16 15 0423331+060558 28  +120 04
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200556000 16 15 0424108+060639 28  +096 00
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20100104200631000 16 15 0424437+060852 28  +121 04
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20100104225245000 16 15 0444287+051845 57  +128 02
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20100104225432000 16 15 0446157+051902 67
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20100104225519000 16 15 0447037+051910 47  +126 02
    26635 00 080A   0433 F 20100104223723000 16 15 0438390+065823 87
    26635 00 080A   0433 F 20100104223842000 16 15 0439588+065936 28
    26635 00 080A   0433 F 20100104223919000 16 15 0440342+070009 28
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104204529500 16 15 0247190+292144 38  +079 00
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104204659000 16 15 0249247+282309 38
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104204826000 16 15 0251292+272344 28  +071 00
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104205214000 16 15 0257138+243225 28
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104205430000 16 15 0300564+223627 28
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104205557000 16 15 0303265+211538 18
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20100104205735000 16 15 0306211+193901 28
    32379 07 060B   0433 F 20100104222312000 16 15 0539511+244621 28  +090 00
    32379 07 060B   0433 F 20100104222425000 16 15 0541048+240723 28  +090 00
    32379 07 060B   0433 F 20100104222626000 16 15 0543041+230340 28  +093 01
    32379 07 060B   0433 F 20100104222740000 16 15 0544164+222438 28  +096 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184504500 16 15 0451517+082741 38
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184554000 16 15 0452416+082747 38  +084 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184623000 16 15 0453106+082751 28  +083 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184652000 16 15 0453398+082755 38
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184726000 16 15 0454137+082758 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184755000 16 15 0454439+082803 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20100104184822000 16 15 0455111+082806 38  +082 00
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20100104221555000 16 15 0934410+051909 97  +125 02
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20100104221702000 16 15 0935481+051909 67  +124 02
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20100104221751000 16 15 0936374+051910 38
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20100104221017000 16 15 0726375+052931 28  +020 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20100104221109000 16 15 0727295+052933 28  +020 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20100104221147000 16 15 0728090+052933 38  +020 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20100104221223000 16 15 0728444+052935 28  +020 05
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104185350500 16 15 0050298+130817 38
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104185813500 16 15 0100453+052909 78
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104185900500 16 15 0102499+035029 28
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104190032500 16 15 0107092+002110 48
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104190117500 16 15 0109274-013216 48
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104190205500 16 15 0111586-033645 28
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104190248500 16 15 0114279-054232 28
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20100104190506500 16 15 0123237-131255 68
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20100104214654000 16 15 0309475+043214 38  +118 01
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20100104214838000 16 15 0311331+043458 67
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20100104214932000 16 15 0312274+043622 97
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20100104215020000 16 15 0313143+043738 28
    96012 96 512A   0433 F 20100104215833000 16 15 0240151+010321 28  +095 05
    96012 96 512A   0433 F 20100104215939000 16 15 0241180+010338 28  +100 05
    96012 96 512A   0433 F 20100104220025000 16 15 0242015+010357 28  +095 05
    96012 96 512A   0433 F 20100104220118000 16 15 0242524+010415 28  +098 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
    ===============
    
    ARIANE 44L +r/b RANGE 14630 - nice regular flasher
    21941 92 021C   0433 F 20100104224614000 16 15 0858028+091753 38  +127 04
    21941 92 021C   0433 F 20100104224717000 16 15 0901217+092236 68  +129 04
    ATLANTIC BIRD 1  geostationary
    27508 02 040A   0433 F 20100104225245000 16 15 0443404+052508 57
    27508 02 040A   0433 F 20100104225519000 16 15 0446155+052511 47
    THURAYA 2 geostationary
    27825 02 040A   0433 F 20100104184504500 16 15 0451485+082826 38
    27825 02 040A   0433 F 20100104184822000 16 15 0455074+082857 38  +110 00
    INTELSAT 904 geostationary
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20100104221555000 16 15 0933559+052054 97  +131 04
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20100104221751000 16 15 0935523+052047 79
    GALAXY 11 geostationary
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20100104221059000 16 15 0728075+052817 28  +113 16
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20100104221213000 16 15 0729220+052818 28  +121 01
    E BIRD geostationary
    27948 03 043A   0433 F 20100104221059000 16 15 0728554+053144 28  +116 16
    27948 03 043A   0433 F 20100104221137000 16 15 0729337+053143 38  +128 02
    INTELSAT 802 geostationary
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20100104221007000 16 15 0727024+053044 28
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20100104221213000 16 15 0729082+053046 28
    
    Unknown
    =========
    UNKNOWN   No match - unfortunately only only one position
    00003           0433 F 20100104225245000 16 15 0446078+051339 57  +115 02
    maybe slight trail - geo object
    
    Notes:
    ---------
    (1) Fair night, transparency not so great. Seeing 14 arc seconds.
    
    (2) PAN produced spectacular flare - about magnitude +2 to +3 for at least
    2-3 minutes. Missed beginning and end as only discovered when I came to
    measure the images.
    
    (3) More observations tomorrow- had a visitor this afternoon who wanted
    some electronic equipment tested out so two hours measuring time lost.
    Workshop was like a furnace - 35 degrees C!
    
    (4) Still to come  USA125 Rk2, USA 129, 90020, 21775
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
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