Optical1-24 March 2008

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Tue Mar 25 2008 - 13:21:31 UTC

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    Observations 24 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 200mm focal length f/2.8 lens,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to a max exposure of 2.52 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 CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    Mentor 5   -     Was previously #90013
    25336 98 029A   0433 F 20080324173105000 56 15 0850470+124245 39  +080 05
    25336 98 029A   0433 F 20080324173503900 56 15 0854510+123906 39  +080 05
    Milstar 5
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20080324173805400 56 15 0754070+073214 39  +105 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20080324174109400 56 15 0757110+073245 39  +105 05
    Milstar 5 Cn rocket
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20080324175025600 56 15 0448590+072513 39  +110 05
    27169 02 001B   0433 F 20080324175648200 56 15 0455260+072442 39  +105 05
    UFO F10 USA 146- was previously #90036
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20080324183940100 56 15 1204340+055623 39  +070 05
    25967 99 063A   0433 F 20080324184150100 56 15 1206470+055612 39  +070 05
    DSCS III A3  -   was previously #90035
    27691 03 008A   0433 F 20080324193055300 56 15 1204340+051629 39  +090 05
    Mercury 2    -   was previously #90016
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20080324212301300 56 15 0718400+130349 39  +110 05
    23855 96 026A   0433 F 20080324212504100 56 15 0720480+130334 39  +110 05
    SDS 3F2      -   was previously #90043
    26635 00 080A   0433 F 20080324212608500 56 15 0840450+074440 39  +095 05
    26635 00 080A   0433 F 20080324212906100 56 15 0843420+074432 39  +095 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    Iridium 61
    25263 98 018B   0433 F 20080324173411800 56 15 0849550+124249 39  +065 05
    Cosmos 619
    06987 73 104C   0433 F 20080324175648200 56 15 0456470+072446 39  +075 05
    Delta 1 debri
    10246 77 065BX  0433 F 20080324175801700 56 15 0456540+073239 39  +080 05
    Intelsat 904 geostationary
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20080324193055300 56 15 1202000+052003 39  +075 05
    Block DM-SL R/B    range 35800 kms - nice flasher
    28936 06 003B   0433 F 20080324205745300 56 15 1151000+052825 39  +090 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Seeing very poor due to turbulent air- difficult to get a good
        focus. Bright moon caused problems end of session.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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