Re: Resurs and Zenit rocket observed

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 23:12:08 -0600

Noticing the opposite magnitudes that I observed just minutes after Mike
I rechecked my Skymap printout and realized I mixed up the two objects.
So the possible trailing object I saw MAY have been one of the other
payloads.

Ron Lee



At 11:23 PM 7/10/98 -0500, you wrote:
>The Resurs (98 43A) and its Zenit rocket (98 43F) were observed
>this evening.
>
>The Zenit was preceding and seemed to be about 5 seconds early
>compared to the Spacecom elset.  It was about magnitude 3 and
>steady.  Zenits usually start tumbling with a period of about
>0.4 seconds soon after launch.
>
>The Resurs followed the Zenit by about 2 minutes.  It seemed to be
>a couple of seconds late compared to the Spacecom elset.  It was about
>magnitude 6 and steady.
>
>Observations using 7x50 binoculars.  (From Austin, TX)
>
>The other objects were not seen.
>
>Revised elsets:
>
>Resurs        
>1 25394U 98043A   98192.16307765  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    03
>2 25394  98.8094 262.1938 0001755  80.5114 279.4885 14.22346646    02
>
>Zenit 2       
>1 25400U 98043F   98192.16192488  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    05
>2 25400  98.8088 262.1959 0008443   7.2347 352.7652 14.24211499    07
>
>Mike McCants
>
>