Re: Flares, Flashers and Retrograde Orbits

Ron Lee (
Thu, 12 Mar 1998 21:17:10 -0700

>The Retrograde:
>Thanks to Craig Cholar for the heads-up on Ofeq 3.   There are some good
>passes over the next few days.  Using the posted elset:
>OFEQ 3                                           530 x 347
>1 23549U 95018A   98070.25609858  .00084121  00000-0  13101-2 0  8367
>2 23549 143.3566 178.4859 0134501 139.0920 222.0029 15.42526972162912
>it seemed to pass just under Procyon about 10 seconds earlier than the
>predicted 19:27 EST (00:27 UT).    It was easily a +4.0 mag - very easy to
>acquire with 10x50s.   Strange to see a pass in the southern sky traveling
>left to right.
>Don Gardner

I concur on the OFEQ 3.  I saw it last night for the first time.  It was my 
first obs of a really retrograde object (excluding sun sync satellites).

It was very faint in binocs, but then the phase angle for my pass was