obs 26jul 01207.13

From: Paul Gabriel (gabriel305@earthlink.net)
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 21:44:55 PDT

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    23031 94 017B   8305 F 20010726031143832 76 25 1351787+644672 38 X+070 10
    
    aka USA 102 in IOD J2000
    sun -22.0, moon +28.1 (35.5 il) temp ~25C (or the thermometer
    was reading cooler by a few due to rain earlier in the evening)
    
    hard to see, skymap had showed it at +7.7 vM and
    it faded in and out flashing at times +4 and once
    to 0 or -1 but (to me) the flashes seemed irregular,
    but I am not experienced with timing or reporting flash periods.
    also seemed to move very quickly.
    moon already seemingly flooding the sky with moonlight
    (after nearly 2 weeks of no moon my eyes had adapted to 
    more darkness)
    thanks to everyone in austin who took all their
    nice hardware to the star party.  the sky was great on
    evening of 21 july and it was so dark I could not find
    mccants (or he was hiding :)
    
    is buying a used telescope anything like buying a used car ??
    
    *******************************************
    Paul Gabriel
    26.24310N 098.21635W 34.8m 
    the stars at night are big & bright......
    gabriel305@earthlink.net
    
    titanp150 / win95C / calypso
    
    
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