Optical 13 July 2012 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Jul 15 2012 - 12:32:30 UTC

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    Observations 13 July 2012 Part 2
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
    Used with 135mm focal length f/2.8 TAMRON lens.
    Field of view 7.6 x 5.7 degrees.
    Image scale 1.59 arc sec/pixel (1 bin),6.36 arc sec/pixel (4 bin).
    1 bin mode used for geostationaries, 4 bin mode used for leo sats.
    Some images processed and measured manually, whilst a few done
    by APEX ( usually the ones with magnitudes).
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    11560 96 026B   0433 F 20120713180816339 16 15 1827393-043814 28
    11560 96 026B   0433 F 20120713180948857 16 15 1829205-043819 28
    11560 96 026B   0433 F 20120713181120620 16 15 1831021-043806 28
    11560 96 026B   0433 F 20120713181247822 16 15 1832388-043804 28
    20357 89 090D   0433 F 20120713183114749 16 15 1752117-073725 38  +135 03
    20357 89 090D   0433 F 20120713183250390 16 15 1753468-074246 38  +133 03
    23438 94 084D   0433 F 20120713183719256 16 15 1720084-020030 48  +133 04
    23438 94 084D   0433 F 20120713184053288 16 15 1723426-021049 88  +127 22
    25349 96 026B   0433 F 20120713182503952 16 15 1846223-043730 38  +111 02
    25349 96 026B   0433 F 20120713182606996 16 15 1847327-043722 38  +110 03
    25349 96 026B   0433 F 20120713182706217 16 15 1848381-043713 48  +107 02
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20120713185046268 16 15 1701092+052723 38
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1708208+052653 38
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ---------------------
    14786 84 023A   0433 F 20120713184338037 16 15 1655316-071357 28  +133 03
    14786 84 023A   0433 F 20120713184423037 16 15 1656048-071551 38
    18575 87 096A   0433 F 20120713183114749 16 15 1801376-094530 38  +120 01
    18575 87 096A   0433 F 20120713183250390 16 15 1803150-094659 19  +137 09
    18575 87 096A   0433 F 20120713183429740 16 15 1804572-094901 38  +113 15
    20263 89 081A   0433 F 20120713184338037 16 15 1642301-062112 28  +129 02
    20662 90 054D   0433 F 20120713184338037 16 15 1649346-060031 38  +136 04
    21041 90 116D   0433 F 20120713183114749 16 15 1739138-073735 48  +127 03
    21041 90 116D   0433 F 20120713183250390 16 15 1740474-074117 48  +129 03
    21041 90 116D   0433 F 20120713183429740 16 15 1742253-074512 28  +125 15
    21824 91 087D   0433 F 20120713184338037 16 15 1642271-042559 38  +129 03
    22248 92 082D   0433 F 20120713183114749 16 15 1742476-060711 48  +128 03
    22248 92 082D   0433 F 20120713183250390 16 15 1744188-061119 48  +132 03
    22248 92 082D   0433 F 20120713183429740 16 15 1745567-061538 48  +131 16
    22984 94 008D   0433 F 20120713183719256 16 15 1721242-040441 28  +127 03
    22984 94 008D   0433 F 20120713184053288 16 15 1724515-041527 38  +131 02
    24891 97 040A   0433 F 20120713184423037 16 15 1647090-093936 38
    26369 00 028A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1659538+052210 38
    27811 03 020A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1712568+052512 38
    28463 04 043A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1717315+051719 38
    29275 06 033D   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1655382+052754 38
    36101 09 065A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1658591+052225 38
    36107 09 067B   0433 F 20120713183114749 16 15 1743047-073441 48  +142 05
    36107 09 067B   0433 F 20120713183250390 16 15 1744225-073332 58  +137 05
    36107 09 067B   0433 F 20120713183429740 16 15 1745429-073201 78  +132 16
    37779 11 042A   0433 F 20120713185046268 16 15 1701027+052142 38
    37779 11 042A   0433 F 20120713185756306 16 15 1708172+052059 38
    
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) The LEO satellite reported yesterday as KH9-18 was incorrect. Its an
        unknown satellite in a 98 degree inclination orbit and may be a
        decommissioned ESSAIM. Hopefully ( weather permitting!!!) I may be able
        to get further observations to tie down the orbit. Many thanks to Mike
        and Ted for their very helpful input.
    
    (2) this concludes observations for 13 July 2012 - turns out the cloud was
        thicker than I thought so it killed the fainter geosats.
    
    (3) Its currently very cold, cloudy and raining - even the ducks are
        hanging their heads in desperation and praying for clear weather.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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