00653A, TOPEX flare, SPOT 3, TDF 2

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Jun 15 2000 - 02:19:02 PDT

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    Last night was another night of fair to poor cloudy 
    weather (and bright moonlight!), but some observing was 
    possible.
    
    Mike McCants acquired GSTAR 1 (15677, 85-35A) and later 
    00653A (90007) with his telescope set up in front of 
    his house.  I observed 00653A off and on in the scope 
    from about 3:13:54.5 to about 3:28:52.5 June 15 UTC.  I 
    hope that some folks to our east can acquire it, as it's 
    going to be in twilight here soon.
    
    TOPEX (22076, 92-52A) flared to about +0 for at least 
    20 to 30 seconds around 4:18:31, approximately between 
    Arcturus and the end of the handle of the Big Dipper 
    (eta UMa).  A small cloud went in front of it, and it
    emerged at +3.0 or fainter at best and soon disappeared
    from one-power view.
    
    SPOT 3 (22823, 93-61A) did a very nice one-power flashing
    pass near the zenith.
    
    I found good old Ajisai/EGP (16908, 86-61A) with binocs.
    
    Later from outside my apartment I watched TDF 2 (20705, 
    90-63A) with binoculars from about 5:11:57 to about 
    5:43:38 (after midnight local time), with some breaks due 
    to passing low clouds.  It's drifting fairly rapidly to 
    the west and will be visible from here only a very few 
    more nights.
    
    Observing locations:  30.33N, 97.76W and 30.31N, 97.73W,
    150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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