Obs 16 July 2006 - all

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2006 - 16:12:23 EDT

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    Observations 16 July 2006
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 100mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 48 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 0.96 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    29249 06 027A   0433 P 20060716185458800 56 15 1429334+225405 39  +085 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 P 20060716185641000 56 15 1435226+203218 39  +085 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 P 20060716185837100 56 15 1442350+172251 39  +080 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 P 20060716185921300 56 15 1445439+155920 39  +080 05
    29249 06 027A   0433 P 20060716185958900 56 15 1448297+144458 39  +080 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) After a week of solid cloud I was finally able to see NROL-22 #29249
        for brief moments during a "blind track" of about 40 minutes duration
        using the latest element set available to me. The satellite was
        running about 43 seconds late. During a "blind" track I simply start
        the system tracking on the predicted position without being able to
        see the satellite and then hope that I will have brief glimpses of
        it through the cloud. This time it worked and a saw it a few times.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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