Cosmos 2369 (Zenit-2 Rocket 2nd stage telescopic obs)

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Wed Jul 07 2010 - 12:08:56 UTC

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    subject: cosmos 2369 (Zenit-2 Rocket 2nd stage telescopic obs)
    The less spectacular images are often the most interesting ones...
    In my own opinion, this is one of my best observations to date.
    This is the second stage of a Zenit-2 rocket, which orbited
    Cosmos 2369 in 2000, seen from a distance of almost 1000km.
    The elongated shape of the rocket is well visible, thanks to
    the dimensions of 10-11 x 3.9 meters. 
    I often tried capturing rockets in the higher LEO's but its
    mostly very difficult and seeing must be really good.
    I was very surprised at this one, as all the frames of the
    session showed comparable shape and same position of the object,
    indicating also, that no obvious tumbling within the captured
    time of the pass occured. This was visually witnessed, during
    tracking of the object in the secundary scope. However, there
    appear some smaller brightness variations between the single
    Ralf Vandebergh
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