Koronas-F objects observed

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 19:16:17 PDT

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    Hi all,
    
    I just observed (01:42 UT on Aug. 01) two of the four catalogued objects from
    today's launch of the Koronas-F satellite using the following TLEs :
    
    CORONAS-F
    1 26873U 01032A   01212.71735990  .00321915  00000-0  14481-1 0    35
    2 26873  82.4916  95.4237 0031625 258.4134 101.2394 15.19233205    69
    SL-14 R/B
    1 26874U 01032B   01212.71732869  .00002173  00000-0  10000-3 0    46
    2 26874  82.4882  95.4215 0031510 259.4290 100.2196 15.19345985    63
    SL-14 DEB
    1 26875U 01032C   01212.58641734  .07672516  00000-0  33690+0 0    27
    2 26875  82.5097  95.6713 0059862 284.6989  74.8432 15.14747972    36
    SL-14 DEB
    1 26876U 01032D   01212.38806530  .00002613  00000-0  10000-3 0    25
    2 26876  82.4270  95.5726 0031939 259.7672  99.9963 15.25627912    06
    
    The two Deb objects were not seen in my 20x80 in a city sky with a mag 8 limit.
    But the other two were easy naked eye. The R/B was ahead of the satellite by 5
    seconds (about 3.5 degrees). Both were steady with the satellite at mag 2.5 and
    the rocket at 3.0. A nice sight.
    
    Ten minutes later in the same area of the sky, I saw ISS make a great pass which
    culminated in a slow but bright flare at mag -4. The station has been reported
    making great flares in the last couple of days.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Dan
    -- 
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    Drummondville, Quebec
    
    COSPAR site 1746 : 45.8537N, 72.4857W, 90 m., UTC-4:00
    
    Site en francais sur les satellites:
    French-language satellite web site : http://www.obsat.com
    
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