Re: Dragon+ Falcon Sighting Ops

From: Kurt Fanus via Seesat-l <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:49:53 -0500
Any magnitude estimate of the "diffuse glow?"
-- joe rao

Joe the "glow" was brighter than 4th magnitude but most likely never got 
to 2nd magnitude so for the majority of the pass it hovered around 3rd 
magnitude. I could be off due to the moonlight so on a really dark night 
it would be simple to show the ascent to the general public.

On 1/10/2015 10:24 PM, Kurt Fanus via Seesat-l wrote:
> From Richmond VA the initial ascent to orbit was easily naked eye 
> visible as a diffuse glow traversing the eastern sky. The main engine 
> cutoff was slightly north of due east. The view through 20x80 
> binoculars was nice, with a good exhaust plume filling the right two 
> thirds of the field of view. The glowing exhaust cone was a bright 
> orange like seen in the onboard video footage.
> On 1/9/2015 6:29 PM, DAVID DICKINSON via Seesat-l wrote:
>> CRS5 is set for liftoff from the Cape tomorrow at 4:47 AM EST/9:47 
>> UT... looking like the US NE stands a good chance at seeing Dragon, 
>> the Falcon S2 and associated hardware on 1st orbit about 90 minutes 
>> after liftoff. Has anyone constructed initial TLEs?
>> Thanks,  Dave Dickinson
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