Re: Not X-37B but Ajisai (EGP) instead

From: Brad Young (
Date: Wed Jun 02 2010 - 21:03:51 UTC

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    Tumbling Iridiums like the one I reported last night (24871, 94-37C), which can also be seen naked eye, can be great when they pass at 90 deg phase angle or more (close to overhead).
    Brad Young
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    > Subject: Re: Not X-37B but Ajisai (EGP) instead
    > Tom said:
    > But I did pick up my favorite satellite of all, fortuitously I 
    > might
    > add. It was Ajisai (EGP - International Designation Code:
    > 1986-061-A) blinking away in the very area where I was
    > looking for the 
    > space plane!
    That's one of my favorite binoc objects, too, a rapidly 
    > twinkling diamond in the sky.  The NOSS triads were the best due to the 
    > awesome 3D perspective change of the formation as it passed by, but current 
    > technology allows them to use just a pair, so that effect is no longer as 
    > impressive.
    Any other suggestions for impressive 7-10x50 binoc objects to 
    > possibly entice newcomers to this hobby?
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