Obs 06 March 2006

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Mar 07 2006 - 11:33:37 EST

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    Observations 06 Mar 2006:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 135mm focal length f/2.8 lens,integrating for 96 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.92 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20060306175347800 56 15 0335351+231528 39  +060 05
    28537 05 004A   0433 F 20060306181309400 56 15 0100136-191709 39
    28537 05 004A   0433 F 20060306181408000 56 15 0051399-285031 39
    28537 05 004A   0433 F 20060306181535800 56 15 0027533-442540 39
    28541 05 004C   0433 F 20060306181309400 56 15 0102026-181609 39
    28541 05 004C   0433 F 20060306181408000 56 15 0054052-274529 39
    28541 05 004C   0433 F 20060306181535800 56 15 0031307-432321 39
    28538 05 004B   0433 F 20060306181704400 56 15 0210089-063602 39
    28538 05 004B   0433 F 20060306181804300 56 15 0209156-173911 39
    28538 05 004B   0433 F 20060306181951100 56 15 0158579-415133 39
    25157 98 007A   0433 F 20060306182223500 56 15 1306015-313450 39  +075 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 F 20060306182311400 56 15 1330167-392407 39  +077 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 F 20060306182346600 56 15 1353033-444750 39  +078 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 F 20060306182634900 56 15 0431222+033842 39  +075 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 F 20060306182749900 56 15 0434293+010806 39  +075 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 F 20060306183053800 56 15 0443357-062130 39  +075 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 F 20060306184702200 56 15 0331328-014550 39  +085 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 F 20060306184816000 56 15 0336227-034246 39  +080 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 F 20060306184922600 56 15 0340339-052419 39  +080 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 F 20060306185119100 56 15 0958298-071957 39  +110 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 F 20060306185701600 56 15 1004439-074824 39  +110 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 F 20060306190212300 56 15 1010476-081416 39  +110 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 F 20060306194221200 56 15 0406235+082422 39  +033 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 F 20060306194254700 56 15 0436304+104900 39  +030 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 F 20060306194311400 56 15 0454027+121300 39  +030 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 F 20060306201128300 56 15 1655427-582502 39  +070 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 F 20060306201148900 56 15 1641181-585001 39  +065 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
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    Globalstar M032
    25852 99 037B   0433 F 20060306184511900 56 15 0330054-014435 39  +080 05
    SL-3 rocket
    14453 83 109B   0433 F 20060306185612800 56 15 1001319-071212 39  +035 05
    Cosmos 1910
    18789 88 002B   0433 F 20060306190241900 56 15 1011413-083106 39  +050 05
    Cosmos 886
    09634 76 126A   0433 F 20060306190530800 56 15 0849448+120213 39  +055 05
    CZ-3a rocket body
    22997 94 010C   0433 F 20060306191911400 56 15 0937541+161746 39  +045 05
    CZ-3a rocket body
    28083 03 052B   0433 F 20060306183455700 56 15 0731015+073158 39  +030 05
    Atlas D debri - inclination 144 degrees
    02337 66 063E   0433 F 20060306183744700 56 15 0736083+074156 39  +070 05
    SL-8 rocket body
    08326 75 089B   0433 F 20060306183914300 56 15 0743041+072547 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Power outage problems seem to have decreased for the moment so I
        dared to track.
    
        Conditions not that great - first quarter moon and relatively poor
        transparency.
    
    (2) A lot of time was spent looking for #90045 without success. This is
        too faint for me when at apogee and moonlight present.
    
    (3) Looks like Ill be loosing USA186 very soon- already lost USA 129
        owing to buildings in the way and early shadow entry.
    
    (4) Rest of evening was spent evaluating a WATEC-902H2 Supreme
        surveillance camera very kindly donated to me by a fellowSeeSater.
       This  is an NTSC unit which is not compatable with the South African
        PAL TV standard so I had some minor problems using it.
    
        After some more tests I will write a short report for SeeSat but
        dont rush out to buy it - it is horribly overpriced and the
    advertising
        is very misleading as regards sensitivity.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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