Geosats with Mintron video camera

From: Rainer Kracht (R.Kracht@t-online.de)
Date: Sun Mar 14 2004 - 13:50:57 EST

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    Mintron 12V1C-EX and lens 12 mm f/1.4
    field of view 30 x 22 degrees (pixel size 0.04 deg)
    2004 Feb 20, limiting mag 9.0
    
    The video camera was aimed at the geostationary belt
    in the antisolar direction. Many bright geosats were found:
    
    name              intdes    catno   UTC      mag
    2004 Feb 20
    Turksat 1C/2A    at 42.0 E         20:47     5
    Express 4A       2002-029A  27441  21:07     6.5
    Eutelsat W4      2000-028A  26369  21:15     7.5
    Turksat 1B       1994-049B  23200  21:28     5.5
    Arabsat 2A       1996-040A  23948  21:31     4
    Raduga 1-5       2000-049A  26477  21:31     6
    Anatolia 1       1996-006A  23779  21:36     5
    Inmarsat 3-F5    1998-006B  25153  21:42     6
    Unknown031017    2003-790A  90018  21:50     7
    Arabsat 2B       1996-063A  24652  21:52     7.5
    Eurobird         2001-011A  26719  21:52     7
    Eutelsat W4      2000-028A  26369  21:57     5.5
    Eutelsat 2 F-3   1991-083A  21803  22:08     4
    Raduga 1-4       1999-010A  25642  22:13     6
    Astra 1D         1994-070A  23331  22:20     5
    Artemis          2001-029A  26863  22:24     6
    Astra cluster    at 28.2 E         22:33     6
    Astra cluster    at 19.2 E         22:50     6
    Eutelsat W2      1998-056A  25491  22:50     6
    HotBird cluster  at 13.0 E         22:50     6
    Sicral 1         2001-005A  26694  22:51     7.5
    DSP 20           2000-024A  26356  22:55     5 flashing
    Astra cluster    at 19.2 E         23:27     5.5
    Eutelsat W3      1999-018A  25673  23:27     8
    Sirius 2         1997-071A  25049  23:27     7.5
    Thor 3/2A        at 00.8 W         23:30     7.5
    
    PPAS
    00- 24 A 04-02-20 22:55:28   RK   90.2 0.3   9 10.0    mag 5->INV
    
    I have made additional observations of UNK031017 with the f=75 mm
    lens (field of view 5.0 x 3.7 deg, pixel size 0.007 deg) on Mar 13.
    Updated elset:
    
    UNK031017                       3.2
    1 90018U 03790A   04073.00000000  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    00
    2 90018   2.7703  35.5972 0003392 166.1055 357.4260  1.00264139    00
    
    Surprisingly, a new unknown satellite was visible in the March 13 images of UNK031017.
    
    Rough elset for the new unknown satellite:
    
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       53.7695   -9.6626       30.    Rainer Kracht
    UNK040313                       3.2
    1 90021U          04 73.52366253  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    02
    2 90021   2.1636  18.9654 0000010   0.0000  11.9139  0.99262762    00
      1 04 03 13 21 25 43.6  10 58.715 -06.1061 2000  mag  9
      1 04 03 13 21 29 33.7  11 02.515 -06.1316 2000  mag  9
      1 04 03 13 21 33 12.0  11 06.113 -06.1679 2000  mag  8.5
      1 04 03 13 21 35 55.4  11 08.824 -06.1887 2000  mag  9
      1 04 03 13 21 36 58.8  11 09.873 -06.1969 2000  mag 10
    
    Or if it's a true geosync satellite:
    
    UNK040313
    1 90021U          04 74.00000000  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    02
    2 90021   2.1958  19.9719 0000010   0.0000 181.4904  1.00273000    00
    
    
     Rainer
    
    
    
    Rainer Kracht
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Station 5005
    53.7695N 9.6626E  9m Potsdam Datum
    53.7679N 9.6614E 47m WGS84
    R.Kracht@t-online.de
    
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