Optical 05 June 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Jun 06 2010 - 13:38:31 UTC

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    Observations 05 JUNE 2010
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.
    
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor- model 1025 - fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.56 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
    =================
    MENTOR-2 ROCKET
    25337 98 029B   0433 G 20100605163318000 16 15 1133271+090851 18  +115 02
    25337 98 029B   0433 G 20100605163440000 16 15 1134479+090510 28  +113 01
    25337 98 029B   0433 G 20100605163531000 16 15 1135379+090253 28  +113 01
    25337 98 029B   0433 G 20100605163622000 16 15 1136282+090036 28  +116 03
    25337 98 029B   0433 G 20100605163701000 16 15 1137065+085851 28  +113 01
    MILSTAR 5
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20100605163318000 16 15 1135281+083827 18
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20100605163440000 16 15 1136508+083740 28  +118 03
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20100605163531000 16 15 1137422+083710 28
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20100605163622000 16 15 1138331+083640 28  +116 03
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20100605163701000 16 15 1139124+083617 28
    USA 202
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100605164355000 16 15 1250035+043347 28  +087 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100605164432000 16 15 1250400+043318 18  +088 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100605164511000 16 15 1251198+043247 28  +087 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100605164544000 16 15 1251522+043222 18  +087 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 G 20100605165151000 16 15 1257593+042734 38  +086 00
    USA 202 R
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100605193304000 16 15 1350594+032223 38  +105 04
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100605193339000 16 15 1351298+032203 28  +105 03
    33491 09 001B   0433 G 20100605193407000 16 15 1351552+032146 67  +105 05
    WGS-F2
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20100605183345000 16 15 1551079+051822 28  +120 02
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20100605183605000 16 15 1553282+051820 18  +116 03
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20100605183637000 16 15 1554004+051821 28  +122 81
    
    UKNOWN:
    =========
    UNKNOWN VORTEX 6 UNLIKEY
    00000 99 999A   0433 G 20100605173514000 16 15 1404559+043005 28  +130 05
    00000 99 999A   0433 G 20100605173608000 16 15 1405532+043012 28  +129 04
    00000 99 999A   0433 G 20100605174013000 16 15 1410154+043038 28  +133 02
    
    
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ================
    YURI 1A
    14659 84 005A   0433 G 20100605171609000 16 15 1337399+045137 28  +130 02
    14659 84 005A   0433 G 20100605171806000 16 15 1339327+044348 28  +130 02
    SL-12 R/B
    17125 86 090D   0433 G 20100605170527000 16 15 1325380+052209 18  +135 05
    17125 86 090D   0433 G 20100605171609000 16 15 1335591+044020 48  +135 05
    17125 86 090D   0433 G 20100605171806000 16 15 1337533+043237 38  +135 05
    EKRAN 18
    19090 88 036A   0433 G 20100605182047000 16 15 1503524-000255 38
    INMARSAT 3F1
    23839 96 020A   0433 G 20100605190147500 16 15 1638100+051038 28  +101 01
    ASTRA 1F
    23842 96 021A   0433 G 20100605173802000 16 15 1415006+052105 18  +126 03
    23842 96 021A   0433 G 20100605175307000 16 15 1430076+052057 18  +122 03
    INTELSAT 24
    23865 96 030B   0433 G 20100605170927000 16 15 1332482+070518 28  +130 05
    EXPRESS 2
    24435 96 058A   0433 G 20100605184023000 16 15 1601580+044133 28
    24435 96 058A   0433 G 20100605184921000 16 15 1610490+041443 28  +122 03
    EUTELSAT W48
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20100605170927000 16 15 1334051+062921 28  +122 01
    24665 96 067A   0433 G 20100605171500000 16 15 1339395+062819 38
    GALAXY 26
    25626 99 005A   0433 G 20100605173802000 16 15 1413524+052314 18  +121 00
    25626 99 005A   0433 G 20100605175307000 16 15 1428589+052302 28  +117 01
    GALAXY 27
    25922 99 052A   0433 G 20100605164140000 16 15 1251539+052637 18  +130 04
    INTELSAT 12
    26590 00 068A   0433 G 20100605164140000 16 15 1251427+052649 28  +120 05
    INTELSAT 902
    26900 01 039A   0433 G 20100605183825000 16 15 1603563+051610 28  +115 03
    26900 01 039A   0433 G 20100605184750000 16 15 1613228+051600 28  +108 03
    26900 01 039A   0433 G 20100605185216000 16 15 1617485+051557 28  +122 03
    INTELSAT 906
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20100605185445000 16 15 1629431+051318 28
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20100605185803000 16 15 1633010+051316 38  +136 02
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20100605190147500 16 15 1636468+051315 28  +115 02
    ARIANE 44L R/B
    27604 02 057B   0433 G 20100605184750000 16 15 1612352+045918 28  +095 02
    THURAYA 2
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100605164355000 16 15 1249377+043800 28  +114 02
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100605164432000 16 15 1250139+043731 18  +109 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100605164511000 16 15 1250539+043700 28  +109 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100605164544000 16 15 1251263+043634 18  +110 00
    27825 03 026A   0433 G 20100605165151000 16 15 1257333+043140 38  +110 02
    YAMAL 202
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20100605173608000 16 15 1404006+052103 28  +126 03
    EXPRESS AM-22
    28134 03 060A   0433 G 20100605180649000 16 15 1452443+052127 28  +100 02
    BLOCK DM-SL R/B
    28138 04 001B   0433 G 20100605171150000 16 15 1341223+072733 28  +115 05
    28138 04 001B   0433 G 20100605171328000 16 15 1343098+073038 28  +115 05
    BLOCK DM-SL R/B
    28645 05 015B   0433 G 20100605165309000 16 15 1306493+055528 28  +105 03
    28645 05 015B   0433 G 20100605165414000 16 15 1307275+055535 28  +109 01
    SYRACUSE 3A
    28885 05 041B   0433 G 20100605170522000 16 15 1324221+052642 18  +126 03
    INMARSAT 4-F2
    28899 05 044A   0433 G 20100605193757000 16 15 1418022+030745 28  +115 04
    SKYNET 5B
    32294 07 056B   0433 G 20100605180649000 16 15 1451467+051832 28  +125 02
    BEIDOU G2
    34779 09 018A   0433 G 20100605185445000 16 15 1630231+051014 28  +140 05
    34779 09 018A   0433 G 20100605185803000 16 15 1633414+051008 38  +144 03
    34779 09 018A   0433 G 20100605190147500 16 15 1637270+051000 28
    BLOCK DM-2L R/B
    36107 09 067B   0433 G 20100605181439000 16 15 1457399+012548 18  +113 01
    
    NOTES:
    --------
    (1) Prime purpose was to search for VORTEX 6 which we have "lost".
        Despite an intensive 3 hour search it was not found. However I have
        not yet given up but now dont have a clue where to look !!
    
    (2) One Unknown found close to where VORTEX 6 was predicted to be if it
        had not moved about a month ago. However motion and track angle are
        not consistent with what is required from VORTEX 6. In addition it
        was fainter. Remote chance that it may be the object reported as
        VORTEX 6 in my previous report ( which was NOT VORTEX 6).
    
    (3) I am now in my winter season which means chances to do optical
        observing will be far and few between for the next 2 months or so.
        I have decided to completely re-organise my set-up but this should
        not put me "out of action".
    
    (4) I have still to go through the video recording made of the session-
        Ill do that tomorrow as Ive had enough for today!
    
    Cheers from a wet and cold Cape Town.
    Greg
    
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