Re: Visibility of USSF 8 (GSSAP 5 & 6) events

From: John A. Dormer 2 via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 20:53:48 -0600
I was able to see the initial burn begin, in 10x50 binoculars. It was 
very close to where Cees Bassa predicted, and on time with the published 
schedule at 2011 CST.

I was able to follow the burn for about a minute, but the moving dot 
gradually became too faint. I waited until 2021 CST, and decided that 
the dump was too faint to see and so headed inside. Apparently I was early.

Where Ed and I are, it's currently -1.6°C or colder, quite a bit colder 
than we're used to in this part of Texas.

     30.0N 97.8W

On 1/21/2022 20:47, Ed Cannon via Seesat-l wrote:
> Mike McCants forwarded Cees Bassa's original message. Thank you both! I was able to see the event! I first spotted it in 8x42 binoculars at about 2:14 UTC. I don't know when it first appeared. I had started watching much earlier but had to go inside and get a warmer coat! So from a dark location it would have been a very nice object. Maybe some have gotten good imagery of it. My site now is not so good. But I also have to give credit to my ophthalmologist, who gave me one good eye post-cataract surgery. The other one is on hold for the time being. With my good eye I was finally able to see Polaris again! Orion looked great!
> At about 2:24 a southeast bound satellite went about 1/4 to 1/2 degree above the artificial "comet", and about a minute later went through the northern end of the sword of Orion.
> Ed Cannon29.382N  98.758W
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