UARS, Lacrosse 2, Aureole 2 rocket obs

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Tue Jun 29 2010 - 07:31:02 UTC

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    As weather continues good, some interesting telescopic observations
    were obtained over the past days.
    Observations of ISS and Progress M-04M continue during 2 high passes
    of both objects each night.
    An 88°pass of Lacrosse 2 enabled a surprisingly well resolved view.
    Flying overhead this appears to be a fairly large spacecraft.
    An other favorable pass of UARS promises a great view, First frame
    inspections suggest an exellent viewing angle showing solar panels
    well separated.
    A favorable pass last night of the Aureole 2 rocket from 1973 was
    captured with the telescope as well. The rocket has a regular long 
    flash pattern and I managed to capture frames at the moments of
    flashes the dim moments between it. It will become interesting to
    see what the images at 0.20''/p will show. I wonder if tumbling will be
    just as greatly visible as with the Soyus rocket, although orbit
    is much higher.
    Ralf Vandebergh
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