catching a low flying satellite

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Tue Jul 30 2002 - 09:21:18 EDT

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    When I ran the HA bright satellite predictions for evening of July 30, Raduga 33 was shown at mag 2.7, heading nearly thru zenith NW-> SE at 287Km
    altitude. I managed to catch it too! Quite a fast mover! The sky was too bright
    for reliable visual observation, I was using binoculars.
    It was about 40 seconds late on the HA prediction. This prediction didnt use most recent elset. The report is in IOD format, it was mag 2 as it passed the southern
    most part of scorpius. this object is one of the ones in my flashers list.
    The geometry of this pass of course meant that optical characteristics were
    hard to measure.
     23794 96 010A   8597 G 20020730083800800 27 25 1736000-460000 48  +020 05
    Tony Beresford
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