Optical2- 24 March 2008

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Tue Mar 25 2008 - 13:22:35 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 2.56 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
    
    
    Southern hemisphere geostationary flare season observations:
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    Satellite       Cospar Name   Catalog Number   Shadow entry time (UT)
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    Express AM2       05010A         28629             18h12m16s
    Thaicom 5         06020B         29163             18h19m02s
    ABS 1             99053A         25924             18h32m40s
    Insat 3C          02002A         27298             18h36m40s
    GSat 3            04036A         28417             18h36m50s      
    Intelsat 4        95040A         23636             18h45m05s
    Eutelsat W5       02051A         27554             18h51m46s
    Raduga 1M-1       07058A         32373             18h52m36s
    Thuraya 1         00066A         26578             18h55m20s
    Intelsat 7        98052A         25473             18h58m16s
    Intelsat 10       01019A         26766             18h59m08s
    Intelsat 704      95001A         23461             19h08m54s
    Inmarsat 3F1      96020A         23839             19h15m08s
    Intelsat 906      02041A         27513             19h16m02s
    Intelsat 902      01039A         26900             19h24m58s
    DSCS III A3       03008A         27691             19h32m08s
    Intelsat 904      02007A         27380             19h34m18s
    NSS 703           94064A         23305             19h44m56s
    Insat 3E          03043E         27951             19h52m47s
    Intelsat 702      94034A         23124             19h53m37s
    Express AM22      03060A         28134             20h00m47s
    Skynet 5B         07056B         32294             20h02m07s
    Intelsat 706      95023A         23571             20h12m01s
    Yamal 202         03053A         28089             20h16m37s
    GSat 2            03018A         27807             20h20m48s
    Syracuse 3A       05041B         28885             20h25m12s
    Intelsat 12       00068A         26590             20h32m56s
    Turksat 1C        96040B         23949             20h43m06s
    Turksat 2A        01002A         26666             20h44m44s
    Nigcomsat 1       07018A         31395             20h45m02s
    Express AM-1      04043A         28463             20h53m02s
    Hellas Sat 2      03020A         27811             20h56m49s
    Anatolia 1        96006A         23779             20h59m28s- difficult
    Eutelsat W4       00028A         26369             21h08m42s
    Sesat             00019A         26243             21h09m08s
    Intelsat 802      97031A         24846             21h21m00s
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Air very turbulent - poor seeing conditions. Could only see
        down to magnitude 12.0 on the monitor in real time.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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