Re: Has Gorizont 23 stopped flashing???

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 19:58:57 -0600

At 02:41 PM 7/22/98 +0000, you wrote:
>Hi Everyone,
>		A while back I posted a message to alert European observers about the
>possibility of observing the bright flashing Geosat Gorizont 23
>(91-046A, 21533). Normally this flashes approx. once every 50s at about
>mag +5, like a celestial lighthouse, so it is quite easy to spot in
>binoculars & small scopes. Usually this is a **very** reliable flasher.
>Well finally the sky cleared up enough a couple of days ago, so I tried
>observing Gorizont 23 in my 6" scope & guess what - there was no sign of
>it! 


Seems unlikely that it would have stopped. I suspect that you are seeing 
a phasing / sun angle problem.  If I recall correctly, I have had trouble
seeing it as well even in an 8"  .   Just need to look at it at a 
different time.

Ron Lee