Optical 01 July 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Jul 03 2010 - 10:00:00 UTC

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    Observations 01 JULY 2010
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    
    OTV-1 observed with the video setup so accurate time-stamping
    
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
    =====================
    VORTEX 6
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20100701164206000 16 15 1322357+052117 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20100701164306000 16 15 1323462+051914 28  +107 01
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20100701164339000 16 15 1324256+051805 28  +110 01
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20100701164407000 16 15 1324597+051705 28
    19976 89 035A   0433 G 20100701164436000 16 15 1325360+051620 48  +106 02
    SDS2-F2
    20963 90 097B   0433 G 20100701184334000 16 15 1851585-084340 97  +118 04
    20963 90 097B   0433 G 20100701184415000 16 15 1852405-084454 28  +117 01
    SDS3-F1
    26635 00 080A   0433 G 20100701183637000 16 15 1220087+081040 18  +127 01
    26635 00 080A   0433 G 20100701183736000 16 15 1221077+080950 47
    26635 00 080A   0433 G 20100701183814000 16 15 1221463+080918 28
    SDS3-4
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20100701172401000 16 15 1010041+020853 58
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20100701172612500 16 15 1032521+073851 88
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20100701172743500 16 15 1046148+105811 78
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20100701172930500 16 15 1059549+142500 58
    32378 07 060A   0433 G 20100701173051500 16 15 1109087+164549 98
    USA 202
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100701163106000 16 15 1419339+033156 28  +090 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100701163148000 16 15 1420161+033130 28  +089 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100701163223000 16 15 1420511+033107 28  +090 16
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100701163308000 16 15 1421357+033039 28  +090 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100701163350000 16 15 1422177+033011 28  +089 00
    USA 202 ROCKET
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100701180113000 16 15 1137420+044722 15
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100701180159000 16 15 1138238+044646 18
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100701180252000 16 15 1139120+044612 27
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100701180344000 16 15 1139596+044539 00  +111 01
    PAN
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701164629000 16 15 1357368+052932 28  +127 09
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701164753000 16 15 1359007+052930 67  +134 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701164918000 16 15 1400260+052931 18
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701164946000 16 15 1400537+052929 87
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701165021000 16 15 1401290+052929 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701170212000 16 15 1413215+052916 18
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701170258000 16 15 1414078+052913 28  +138 05
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701170326000 16 15 1414361+052914 18  +138 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701170405000 16 15 1415148+052913 28  +141 06
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701182541000 16 15 1537034+052737 47  +119 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701182635000 16 15 1537571+052736 97  +119 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20100701182714000 16 15 1538366+052735 47
    WGS 3
    36108 09 068A   0433 G 20100701192706000 16 15 1300026+052833 87  +135 03
    36108 09 068A   0433 G 20100701192917000 16 15 1302140+052829 18
    36108 09 068A   0433 G 20100701193220000 16 15 1305171+052826 18  +153 02
    36108 09 068A   0433 G 20100701193220000 16 15 1305172+052828 18  +154 02
    OTV-1
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20100701175005800 56 15 0659572-305727 39  +050 05
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20100701175116900 56 15 0700344-445507 39  +045 05
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20100701175129400 56 15 0659385-481252 39  +060 05
    90059
    90059 06 675A   0433 G 20100701173348000 16 15 1426447+363801 38  +124 03
    90059 06 675A   0433 G 20100701173437000 16 15 1427152+363741 28
    90059 06 675A   0433 G 20100701173522000 16 15 1427449+363715 58
    90059 06 675A   0433 G 20100701173751000 16 15 1429110+363626 38
    90059 06 675A   0433 G 20100701173906000 16 15 1429558+363557 38  +125 02
    90082
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701191432000 16 15 1312164-173759 68
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701191520000 56 15 1318108-224111 39
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701191614000 56 15 1325577-285730 39
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701191716000 56 15 1337208-370335 39
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701191924500 56 15 1417352-555934 39
    90082 08 731A   0433 G 20100701192120500 56 15 1555264-720518 39
    
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    =============
    INSAT 1C
    19930 88 063A   0433 G 20100701184034000 16 15 1846943-084019 58  +118 12
    19330 88 063A   0433 G 20100701184149000 16 15 1848143-084123 47  +124 01
    19330 88 063A   0433 G 20100701184334000 16 15 1850018-084320 28
    19330 88 063A   0433 G 20100701184415000 16 15 1850429-084404 87  +128 02
    EUTELSAT W4
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701164629000 16 15 1358515+052733 28  +136 08
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701164753000 16 15 1400158+052729 77  +133 01
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701164918000 16 15 1401411+052727 18
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701164946000 16 15 1402089+052725 87
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701165021000 16 15 1402441+052723 28
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701170212000 16 15 1414365+052700 18  +134 02
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701170258000 16 15 1415229+052658 28  +138 04
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701170326000 16 15 1415510+052657 18  +134 01
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701170405000 16 15 1416300+052655 28  +138 04
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701182541000 16 15 1538180+052415 47
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701182635000 16 15 1539112+052413 97
    26369 00 028A   0433 G 20100701182714000 16 15 1539508+052412 47
    EUROBIRD
    26719 01 011A   0433 G 20100701164206000 16 15 1319564+053029 28
    ATLANTIC BIRD 1
    27508 02 040A   0433 G 20100701192706000 16 15 1259126+052440 18  +138 04
    27508 02 040A   0433 G 20100701192917000 16 15 1301236+052434 28
    27508 02 040A   0433 G 20100701193021000 16 15 1302278+052433 28
    27508 02 040A   0433 G 20100701193220000 16 15 1304269+052429 18  +154 03
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100701163106000 16 15 1419137+033418 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100701163148000 16 15 1419559+033350 28  +105 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100701163223000 16 15 1420311+033327 28  +105 16
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100701163308000 16 15 1421157+033258 28  +110 01
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100701163350000 16 15 1421577+033229 28  +107 00
    XTAR-EUR
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20100701164206000 16 15 1322132+053051 28
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20100701164306000 16 15 1323128+053051 28  +115 00
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20100701164339000 16 15 1323458+053051 28  +121 03
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20100701164407000 16 15 1324146+053051 28  +122 01
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20100701164436000 16 15 1324428+053051 38  +121 02
    EUTELSAT W7
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701164629000 16 15 1357594+052814 28  +129 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701164753000 16 15 1359233+052812 67  +123 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701164918000 16 15 1400486+052810 18
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701164946000 16 15 1401163+052808 67
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701165021000 16 15 1401517+052807 28
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701170212000 16 15 1413439+052748 18  +125 04
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701170258000 16 15 1414303+052746 28  +126 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701170326000 16 15 1414586+052745 18  +127 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701170405000 16 15 1415373+052744 28  +130 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701182541000 16 15 1537252+052525 47  +117 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701182635000 16 15 1538188+052524 97  +117 01
    36101 09 065A   0433 G 20100701182714000 16 15 1538584+052523 47
    ARABSAT 5B
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165332000 16 15 1358131+052628 18  +130 03
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165419000 16 15 1359005+052629 18  +131 00
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165532000 16 15 1400139+052628 67  +126 01
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165623000 16 15 1401048+052628 28
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165702000 16 15 1401439+052628 18  +126 01
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701165744000 16 15 1402261+052629 47
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701170037000 16 15 1405193+052627 28
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701182311000 16 15 1528074+052626 18  +120 01
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701182833000 16 15 1533296+052627 18
    36592 10 025A   0433 G 20100701182935000 16 15 1534317+052626 00
    
    NOTES:
    ==========
    (1) Reason for a lot of observations of some satellites was that I had one
        too many in the field of views according to the satellite database I
        was using so I wasnt sure what was what. The confusion was cleared up
        when I updated my database today and found I had a new satellite-
        ARABSAT 5B which caused the confusion. Hopefully all idents are now
        correct.
    
    (2) 90082 pretty complex irregular short period all sorts of things.
    
    (3) Two passes of OTV-1 (X37-B) observed but first was in very strong
        twilight 20 minutes after sunset. I could see the satellite but had
        too few stars so unable to get an accurate fix. Since I got the second
        pass I did not try too hard for positions on the first pass.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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