Obs 06 June 2005

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Jun 08 2005 - 11:54:08 EDT

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    Observations 06 JUNE 2005:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens easily showing 12th magnitude
    stars in real time on a moonless night.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    A very good night - cold and very good transparency. Very high humidity
    and eventually stopped by mist/cloud.
    
    
    Correction for 04 June 2005:  (Had 27721 instead of 27712-thanks Mike)
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    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20050604190100400 56 15 0941522+044236 39  +105 05
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20050604190154800 56 15 0942461+044138 39  +105 05
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20050604190518000 56 15 0946135+044009 39  +105 05
    
    For Classfd.tle:
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    14180 83 056G   0433 G 20050606192148000 56 15 1130597+052334 39  +075 05
    14180 83 056G   0433 G 20050606192149900 56 15 1131246+050733 39  +075 05
    14180 83 056G   0433 G 20050606192151800 56 15 1131469+045241 39  +075 05
    14180 83 056G   0433 G 20050606192153700 56 15 1132096+043629 39  +075 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20050606201810100 56 15 1225312+095312 39  +055 05
    25724 99 023A   0433 G 20050606201838200 56 15 1230297+091625 39  +040 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20050606191337500 56 15 1222126+035059 39  +090 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20050606191736100 56 15 1226132+034924 39  +090 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20050606170035100 56 15 1422048+051734 39  +105 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20050606182652800 56 15 1548344+051611 39  +095 05
    27712 03 012B   0433 G 20050606175451600 56 15 0851262+051255 39  +100 05
    27938 03 041B   0433 G 20050606170750600 56 15 0844330-002408 39  +110 05
    27938 03 041B   0433 G 20050606171507000 56 15 0851558-002503 39  +100 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20050606162310800 56 15 1231374+055225 39  +080 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 G 20050606184920000 56 15 1330490+082352 39  +090 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 G 20050606185207000 56 15 1333375+081955 39  +090 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 G 20050606185505600 56 15 1336415+081453 39  +090 05
    90031 05 546A   0433 G 20050606164353700 56 15 1446298+051929 39  +115 05
    90031 05 546A   0433 G 20050606184156200 56 15 1644465+045837 39  +100 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20050606180657700 56 15 1133141+071238 39  +080 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20050606182209200 56 15 1148311+071048 39  +100 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20050606182932700 56 15 1155563+071008 39  +100 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20050606190651000 56 15 1411484+062203 39  +105 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20050606191841000 56 15 1423391+060956 39  +105 05
    91027 05 625A   0433 G 20050606170035100 56 15 1422048+051734 39  +105 05
    91027 05 625A   0433 G 20050606182652800 56 15 1548383+051656 39  +095 05
    91031 05 638X   0433 G 20050606183649400 56 15 1648039+011631 39  +077 05
    91031 05 638X   0433 G 20050606171039200 56 15 1530345+005439 39  +085 05
    92032 05 638X   0433 G 20050606162551500 56 15 1430388+063034 39  +078 05
    92032 05 638X   0433 G 20050606163903100 56 15 1443287+053955 39  +075 05
    93030 05 629C   0433 G 20050606172721700 56 15 1538111+025014 39  +095 05
    93030 05 629C   0433 G 20050606183751700 56 15 1648528+025603 39  +105 05
    
    
    Another unknown:
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    91033 05 157GEO 0433 G 20050606182132700 56 15 1141308+074821 39  +095 05
    91033 05 157GEO 0433 G 20050606182221600 56 15 1142256+074635 39  +095 05
    91033 05 157GEO 0433 G 20050606183013500 56 15 1151200+073008 39  +095 05
    91033 05 157GEO 0433 G 20050606183151300 56 15 1153095+072725 39  +095 05
    
    Commercial geostationaries:
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    GOES 8
    23051 94 022A   0433 G 20050606180657700 56 15 1137437+073441 39  +110 05
    PAS 4
    23636 95 040A   0433 G 20050606183954300 56 15 1653318+050814 39  +100 05
    RADUGA 30
    22836 93 062A   0433 G 20050606184156200 56 15 1645011+044621 39  +130 05
    ARTEMIS
    26863 01 029A   0433 G 20050606185809300 56 15 1326266+092501 39  +125 05
    EUTELSAT W5
    27554 02 051A   0433 G 20050606164850300 56 15 1455433+051002 39  +085 05
    27554 02 051A   0433 G 20050606184156200 56 15 1649038+050753 39  +080 05
    RADUGA 14
    14725 84 016A   0433 G 20050606172317800 56 15 1533349-010306 39  +090 05
    FLEETSATCOM OPS 6392
    11353 79 038A   0433 G 20050606173443100 56 15 1148162+094140 39  +105 05
    DFH3-2
    24798 97 021A   0433 G 20050606190350500 56 15 1359063+064605 39  +090 05
    ASTRA 2A
    25462 98 050A   0433 G 20050606190350500 56 15 1402426+052626 39  +090 05
    ASTRA 2D ( MAY BE ASTRA 2B)
    26638 00 081A   0433 G 20050606190350500 56 15 1403028+052944 39  +090 05
    ASTRA 2B ( MAY BE EUROBIRD)
    26494 00 054A   0433 G 20050606190350500 56 15 1404169+052758 39  +090 05
    XTAR-EUR
    28542 05 005A   0433 G 20050606190651000 56 15 1409556+053227 39  +085 05
    COSMOS 2350 - Brilliant slow flasher,period about 14 to 16 sec
    25315 98 025A   0433 G 20050606164950900 56 15 1451237+074616 39  +075 05
    
    High ellipticals:
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    ARIANE 44L R/B, 198 by 22752 km,p=395.5m,i= 6.99, observed range 23570 km
    21654 91 055B   0433 G 20050606184156200 56 15 1648110+041933 39  +090 05
    ARIANE 44L R/B, 307 by 36644 km,p=649.7m,i= 7.3,observed range 36394 kn
    27604 02 057B   0433 G 20050606184156200 56 15 1650509+040712 39  +100 05
    MOLNIYA 3-47, 2340 BY 38014 km,p=717.8m, i=63.9,observed range 9400 km
    23642 95 042A   0433 G 20050606164645600 56 15 1456170+033453 39  +095 05
    ATLAS2 AS CENTAUR, 203 by 27560 km,p=478.1,i=11.9,observed range 29330 km
    28253 04 017B   0433 G 20050606164950900 56 15 1452461+072503 39  +110 05
    
    Low altitude satellites:
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    SL-3 R/B
    16111 85 090B   0433 G 20050606164923500 56 15 1453301+061329 39  +040 05
    SL-8 R/B
    06207 72 074B   0433 G 20050606165218300 56 15 1449280+050800 39  +050 05
    CZ-4 DEBRI
    20877 90 081AM  0433 G 20050606170318300 56 15 1430579+044800 39  +070 05
    COSMOS 642
    07266 74 024B   0433 G 20050606173604800 56 15 1159021+075904 39  +075 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Despite a large area search for #90016 I could not find it so this
        satellite has been moved again so is currently lost.
    
    (2) The saga of Intelsat 904 and #91027 continues. When observed at 17h00m
        UT I could not seperate them, the object appearing slightly elongated.
        By 18h26mUT there was space between the two images.
    
    (3) Object #90034 has now been identified as having originally been #90018,
        thanks to our expert Mike. The object reported on the 4th June as
        possibly being #90018 is to be ignored-at the time I queried its reality.
    
    (4) Object #90029 was not seen despite a search for it - I have not seen
        it before.
    
    (5) The object reported on the 4th June as being possibly Milstar 6 rocket
        has been confirmed.
    
    (6) Another unknown - this looks very similar to #92032 which is a 14 degree
        inclination object.
    
    (7) An unknown flasher was found and identified as COSMOS 2350. This flashes
        in the early evening and several hours later was not seen.
    
    (8) I am not positive about the ASTRA observations. Predictions show 5 objects
        in the area and I only see 4 ( 2 ASTRA objects,(3 predicted) Eurobird
        and Xtar-Eur, so identifications of ASTRA objects in question.
    
    (9) Thats all - expect my usual errors :-))
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
     
    
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