Optical Jan 01,2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Jan 02 2011 - 09:00:29 UTC

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    Observations Jan 01,2011
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    Using Celestron NexGen GOTO mounting controlled by NexRemote
    program.
    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. Equipped with video finder for initial star alignment use.
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor-model 1025-fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.73 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 14-15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is periodically checked against GPS signal
    generated by Motorola ONCORE module.
    HEAVENSAT V2.32 used "real time" and APEX Windows V2.3.1.20100903
    used to generate predictions.
    Processed automatically with APEX but sometimes manual processing.
    Correct identifications cross checked in HEAVENSAT using "optical
    measurements" option
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    PAN
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110101185602000 16 15 0512171+052752 28  +105 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110101185754000 16 15 0514094+052754 28  +105 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110101185908500 16 15 0515235+052753 28  +105 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110101190001500 16 15 0516168+052755 28  +105 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110101190408000 16 15 0520238+052757 38  +105 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ------------
    INTELSAT 24 (AMOS 1)
    23865 96 030B   0433 G 20110101191341000 16 15 0522016+052710 28  +135 05
    EUTELSAT W48
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20110101190957000 16 15 0522408+052445 28  +100 05
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20110101191051000 16 15 0523351+052512 28  +100 05
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20110101191136000 16 15 0524203+052534 28  +100 05
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20110101191341000 16 15 0526248+052636 28  +100 05
    GSAT 2
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20110101190957000 16 15 0521423+052239 28  +110 05
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20110101191051000 16 15 0522364+052242 28  +110 05
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20110101191136000 16 15 0523188+052223 28  +110 05
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20110101191341000 16 15 0525262+052254 28  +110 05
    27807 03 018A   0433 G 20110101191538000 16 15 0527237+052300 28  +110 05
    YAMAL 202
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101185602000 16 15 0511588+052330 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101185754000 16 15 0513510+052331 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101185908500 16 15 0515051+052330 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101190001500 16 15 0515584+052332 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101190408000 16 15 0520053+052333 38  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101190957000 16 15 0525556+052335 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101191051000 16 15 0526495+052335 28  +105 05
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110101191136000 16 15 0527345+052335 28  +105 05
    SYRACUSE 3A
    28885 05 041B   0433 G 20110101191538000 16 15 0522443+052320 28  +105 05
    NIGCOMSAT 1
    31395 07 018A   0433 G 20110101191538000 16 15 0522496+052907 28  +095 05
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) Purpose of session was to confirm PAN - (achieved) and to try and locate
        the unknown seen last time I observed. Unfortunately clouded out about
        30 minutes after I started observing so only managed to search about a
        3 degree long strip west of Yamal 202. Will resume search when next I
        observe - maybe tonight but cloudy at present.
    
    (2) Happy New Year to all.
    
    Best wishes
    Greg 
    
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