Obs 29 June 2006

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Fri Jun 30 2006 - 11:08:58 EDT

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    Observations 29 June 2006:
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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,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 2.56 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20060629163328500 56 15 1414290+023107 39  +080 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060629165429100 56 15 0531086-651430 39  +080 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060629165527900 56 15 0656098-555323 39  +080 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060629165629200 56 15 0751364-404206 39  +075 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060629165738200 56 15 0827047-204629 39  +080 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629171109500 56 15 1432026+302622 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629171340100 56 15 1458423+251712 39  +065 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629171640500 56 15 1544143+161604 39  +070 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629171826300 56 15 1621453+084500 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629171922100 56 15 1645543+035733 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 G 20060629172036500 56 15 1723248-030921 39  +080 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060629172823700 56 15 0305401-755922 39  +080 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060629172945500 56 15 0740581-721339 39  +075 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060629173028300 56 15 0900440-604432 39  +075 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060629173126700 56 15 0948574-380608 39  +080 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060629173229200 56 15 1011121-123206 39  +075 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060629173634500 56 15 0708295-272616 39  +080 05
    13172 82 041C   0433 G 20060629173747700 56 15 0745343-123738 39  +085 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060629174000400 56 15 1555574-392832 39  +050 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060629174110600 56 15 1425267-111751 39  +040 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060629174243900 56 15 1314527+190922 39  +050 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 G 20060629175607200 56 15 0813320-055649 39  +030 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 G 20060629175734600 56 15 0806301-202638 39  +020 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 G 20060629175949200 56 15 0720439-511059 39  +015 05
    27712 03 012B   0433 G 20060629180621300 56 15 1316085+042310 39  +100 05
    27712 03 012B   0433 G 20060629200041000 56 15 1511335+035632 39  +090 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060629181149600 56 15 1249481+043859 39  +095 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20060629182329200 56 15 1239319+342458 39  +055 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20060629182415500 56 15 1235311+271711 39  +050 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20060629182517200 56 15 1227272+135833 39  +045 05
    90003 99 503A   0433 G 20060629202208500 56 15 1834174-085132 39  +090 05
    90002 98 789A   0433 G 20060629202551200 56 15 1302337-044722 39  +080 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 G 20060629205951600 56 15 1441481+051601 39  +110 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 G 20060629210339400 56 15 1444537+044316 39  +110 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629222120300 56 15 1623296+192505 39  +075 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629222339400 56 15 1632383+215341 39  +080 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629222704300 56 15 1644088+250156 39  +085 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629223105600 56 15 1655294+280938 39  +090 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629223530000 56 15 1705548+310230 39  +095 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629223847600 56 15 1712450+325455 39  +100 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629224321000 56 15 1721074+351312 39  +105 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629224701900 56 15 1727099+365202 39  +110 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 G 20060629225514700 56 15 1739010+400301 39  +115 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    ETS 6 nice regular flasher - range 13000 kms
    23230 94 056A   0433 G 20060629170840800 56 15 1413281+322903 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 2393 rocket2 - range 8500 kms
    27616 03 059D   0433 G 20060629171922100 56 15 1642010+042753 39  +085 05
    Geo-IK steady
    23411 94 078A   0433 G 20060629172854200 56 15 0532186-761913 39  +060 05
    EUTELSAT W1 geostationary
    26487 00 052A   0433 G 20060629180254800 56 15 1308442+053103 39  +100 05
    Intelsat 6F2 rocket range 24200 kms
    20316 89 087B   0433 G 20060629184122800 56 15 1427019+163232 39  +115 05
    Midas 8
    02403 66 077A   0433 G 20060629191448000 56 15 1617513+124804 39  +080 05
    ATLANTIC BIRD 2 geostationary
    26927 01 042A   0433 G 20060629211157800 56 15 1456034+052038 39  +095 05
    TELECOM 2D geostationary
    24209 96 044B   0433 G 20060629211157800 56 15 1456488+053103 39  +100 05
    HOTBIRD 4 geostationary
    25237 98 013A   0433 G 20060629211157800 56 15 1500112+052510 39  +100 05
    
    
    Notes:
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       (1) Apologies !  - my previous report contained observations of what
           I though was the second stage burn of NROL-22. Due to my inability
           to perform simple mental arithmetic I actually missed the second
           stage burn by quite a considerable time and instead saw the
           fuel dump that occurred several minutes later. DUH!!!!  My sincere
           apologies for any confusion this caused. Ill try and do better
           next time.
    
       (2) As is now my custom I only go for satellites that I am uniquely
           placed to observe because of my geographical location and my
           equipment ability and only observe "other" satellites if nothing
           else to observe. This session was quite productive in acquiring
           some satellites that have not been observed for some time.
    
       (3) #90003 is a regular flasher (I think) but #90002 is a bit more
           difficult. Nothing was seen when first tried. I tried again
           later and it was brightly flashing roughly every 14-15 seconds.
           After a few minutes of this the brightness slowly dropped over
           a period of a few minutes until I could no longer see it so it
           looks like visibility is very dependent on phase angle/spacecraft
           orientation?
    
        (4) #90025 easy . I followed it from shadow exit down to my horizon
           which at this point was about 13 degrees elevation. The range was
           the about 18500 kms and it was still easily visible on the monitor
           but obviously moving very slowly.
    
        (5) #13172 observed at about 11 degree elevation.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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