Resurs objects seen

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Sat, 11 Jul 98 22:31:15 PDT

Using the OIG elsets posted by Ron Lee, I saw all but one of the
Resurs objects.  The rocket was easy, of course, slightly dimmer
than Deneb and within a second of the prediction.  I positioned my
4.5in newtonian 1/2 degree above Tarazed (gamma Aql) and waited for
the real show to begin.  The F object was first, followed closely
by C which was slightly dimmer, then Resurs, and finally what I believe
was the B object, the dimmest.  I didn't see E, or may have mistaken
B for E.  In any case, I saw only one object following Resurs instead
of the two predicted.  Given the conditions (moderate skyglow from neighbor's
porch light and almost full moon low in east), I'm glad I used the scope.
Only the rocket and Resurs would have been seen without it.

Also, I have to thank Rob Matson for his incredibly accurate Skymap.
The predictions were right on, as usual.

Craig Cholar