Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 20:38:34 +0200

Observing Program of the BWGS

The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300

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Periods of Artificial Satellites (version 7), you can obtain it by :
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SATORAMA (=3Dsatjul97.txt, observations in PPAS7-02.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object

Special remarks

Top-priority objects :
85- 94 G !     16144/F2 Tsyklon K1690-1695, accelerated? , dtm
87- 60 A !     18187/Cosmos 1867; still accelerating
87- 74 G !     18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: still accelerating !
89- 86 B !     20306/Meteor 3-3 R/B,  flashing according to Leo Barhorst=7F
91- 46 A !     21533/Gorizont 23 geosat with slowly decreasing period !
91- 59 B !     21667/C1 Kosmos 2154: Accelerating !
93-  1 B !     22308/C1 Kosmos 2230, has accelerated in May 97

73 observations received from :

JHR:    Jay Respler,            Freehold, NJ,             USA
PDV:    Patrick Devreese        Moen                      Belgium
RE:     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
RO:     Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout                  France
TC:     Tristan Cools,          Brugge,                   Belgium
VAG:    Vince Gardiner,         Coffs Harbour,            Australia

Next deadline for sending in observations: August 19, 1997 to Kurt=
Sanderusstraat 15, bus 3, B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de.  This is just a
small amount of additional work for you, but it makes live much easier
for me.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites