Optical 02 March 2008

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Mar 03 2008 - 11:53:44 UTC

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    Observations 02 Mar 2008:
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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 6 inch f/2.7 reflector,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to max exposure of 2.56 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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    96101 00 000A   0433 F 20080302182748400 56 15 0635070+221617 39  +130 05
    96101 00 000A   0433 F 20080302183546600 56 15 0643180+221107 39  +135 05
    96102 00 000A   0433 F 20080302183823800 56 15 1000470+135656 39  +135 05
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20080302192148700 56 15 1138010+020934 39  +105 05
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20080302192436500 56 15 1140460+020014 39  +095 05
    05851 72 010A   0433 F 20080302193008300 56 15 1146100+014212 39  +105 05
    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20080302193707100 56 15 1227100-013051 39  +110 05
    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20080302194012700 56 15 1230130-013813 39  +105 05
    05204 71 039A   0433 F 20080302194305900 56 15 1233050-014512 39  +115 05
    96027 00 000A   0433 F 20080302200254900 56 15 0844130+143502 39  +105 05
    96027 00 000A   0433 F 20080302200610500 56 15 0847300+143122 39  +105 05
    96027 00 000A   0433 F 20080302200908400 56 15 0850300+142746 39  +105 05
    96031 00 000A   0433 F 20080302201610800 56 15 0805090+091516 39  +120 05
    96031 00 000A   0433 F 20080302204944500 56 15 0840330+074823 39  +120 05
    96031 00 000A   0433 F 20080302205445300 56 15 0845500+073510 39  +120 05
    96032 00 000A   0433 F 20080302210137600 56 15 0647240+195913 39  +130 05
    96032 00 000A   0433 F 20080302210021400 56 15 0646030+195834 39  +130 05
    96032 00 000A   0433 F 20080302210327400 56 15 0649190+200014 39  +135 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
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    SL-12 R/B(2) short regular flashing, range 29320 kms
    26557 00 059D   0433 F 20080302205814000 56 15 0644130+195503 39  +110 05
    26557 00 059D   0433 F 20080302210032800 56 15 0646460+200651 39  +115 05
    Gorizont 2 geostationary
    11440 79 062A   0433 F 20080302184152400 56 15 1005500+132818 39  +110 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Using 6 inch reflector for the fainter ESA#10 objects not yet in
          CLASSIFIED.TLE.
    
    #96101 (UI101 in ESA catalog) - regular flashing about half magnitude
                  variation. One bright flash to about mag +9
    
    #96032 (UI032 in ESA catalog) - slight variation in brightness
    
    #96031 (UI031 in ESA catalog) - appears reasonably steady
    
    #96102 (UI102 in ESA catalog) - slightly variable - bit difficult due
                 to low elevation and glare from city lights.
    
    #96043 (UI043 in ESA catalog) - DSP F3 easy object varying in brightness
    
    #96035 (UI035 in ESA catalog) - DSP F2 easy object varying in brightness
    
    #96027 (UI027 in ESA catalog) - easy steady object - payload rather than
                 rocket or other debri??
    
    
    (2) Observing conditions a bit difficult due to fast moving cloud which
          eventually wiped me out.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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