Unidentified Molyina orbit object

Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 11:11:13 +1030

George Lewis has run his ODI programme on Rob Mcnaught's
observations, and come up with the following orbit.

unknmol
1 99008L 99042GTO 99 42.56741898 +.00000375 +00000+0 +00000+0 6 00040
2 99008  63.0897 152.1201 6911583 271.4216   8.5157  2.00593857000010

I saw it myself using 7 x50 binoculars on time and on track,
during  the local evening of march 8 ( 1143 & 1144 Ut March 8.
An easy , leisurely moving
mag 5.5 object moving thru the False cross just to the east of
Epsilon carina and Delta Velorum and just past lambda Velorum. From the 
observed magnitude and the range I would put its absolute mag at 2.8,
so it will probably be a visible in 25cm telescopes or bigger for
Seesaters in the Northern hemisphere.
I made two fixes given below and report 3 by Rob McNaught observed at around
the same time all in the OBSENTRY format, along with a repost of Rob's last
observation of march 7. Because the path among the stars is so close from
night to night, last night he noted the asterism he had used the night before,
and that refreshed his memory of the sighting point.

99008 99 042GEO 4139 F 19990307115859580 17 25 0950220+001000 48 S+080 05
99008 99 042GEO 8597 G 19990308114308200 27 25 0835300-580050 38 S+055 05       
99008 99 042GEO 8597 G 19990308114443600 27 25 0915300-441200 38 S+055 05       
99008 99 042GEO 4139 F 19990308114241440 17 25 0031550-625800 48                
99008 99 042GEO 4139 F 19990308114724240 17 25 0837880-332400 48  +050 05       
99008 99 042GEO 4139 F 19990308115251230 17 25 0939140-054200 48 E+070 05       

If anybody wants predictions please drop me an e-mail with your position,
and I will provide some highfly output.
Tony Beresford