00653A/90007 obs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 03:17:13 PDT

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    Last night I watched 00653A/90007 with my handheld 10x50
    binoculars from about 3:12:46 to 3:20:28, from slightly
    north of upsilon Virginis to slightly south-southeast 
    of phi Virginis, when clouds interfered.  Its brightest 
    flashes are at least +4, easy in binocs and probably 
    would be one-power from a good site on a moonless night.  
    Its flash times are consistently asymmetrical (~25/23.5), 
    so its fundamental period seems to be 48+ seconds.
    
    Great one-power pass last night of Cosmos 2369 Rk (26070,
    00-06B), flash period about 1.2 seconds.  At least +2
    mag. if not +1.5.
    
    The previous night and last night I saw UNID flashes
    also.  You never know what you might see when you watch
    the Clarke Belt area with binoculars -- even with some
    cloudiness and moonlight!
    
    Observing location was 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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