which one was the flasher?

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 06:18:33 PDT

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    	Last night with binoculars I spotted a pair of flashes near the edge
    of my field of fiew.  These flashes were about 1 second apart and approx. +6
    mag.  Later I saw another pair spaced about the same.  About two minutes
    later I saw a single flash.  Then nothing after that.  Each instance was a
    little west of the previous.  Afterwards I identified two viable candidates:
    Intsat 4-3 (#5709) and Gorizont 3 r/b (#11684).  Both of these are in the
    "graveyard" near-geosynchronous orbit.  My problem is they had nearly
    identical tracks for me so I have no idea which one was the culprit.  I'm
    wondering if anyone else has seen either of these do any kind of flashing.
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