Optical 12/13 March 2009-part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Mar 15 2009 - 12:34:30 UTC

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    Observations  12/13 March 2009
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Camera mount now carries two systems that can be operated
    together as two totally different sytems and computers used.
    Generally the DSI Pro II camera will be used for high altitude
    slow moving objects. Tests seem to indicate that its sensitivity
    is comparable to the MINTRON ( possibly better) but as its not
    possible (?) to time stamp to better than 1 second accuracy the
    time resolution is not good enough for LEO objects.
    
    (1) Meade DSI Pro II monochrome CCD camera used with 6 inch f/2.7
    Celestron reflector for observations made on 12 March 2009.
    
    
    (2)Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 20 sec min to 60 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done but dark field applied.
    Used with 200mm focal length f/2.8 Nikkon telephoto lens,
    field of view 1.88 x 1.40 degrees. Can get to magnitude 13
    or so in less than 20 seconds exposure.
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is automatically checked every minute against
    GPS signal. This one used for observations made 13 March 2009.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    For CLASSFD.TLE:
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    04376 70 032A   0433 G 20090313175113000 56 15 0512557+152638 39  +130 05
    04376 70 032A   0433 G 20090313175538000 56 15 0517235+152034 39  +130 05
    
    Strays seen:
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    EUTELSAT W5 geostationary
    27554 02 051A   0433 F 20090312175718000 56 15 1025105+051247 39  +115 05
    27554 02 051A   0433 F 20090312181018000 56 15 1038105+051300 39  +105 05
    SL-8 R/B geostationary, variable
    04391 70 036J   0433 F 20090312200137000 56 15 0718267+105926 39  +080 05
    GSAT 3 geostationary
    28417 04 036A   0433 F 20090312202047000 56 15 1303436+051321 39  +135 05
    INSAT 3C geostationary
    27298 02 002A   0433 F 20090312202047000 56 15 1303558+051159 39  +120 05
    INSAT 4CR geostationary
    32050 07 037A   0433 F 20090312202047000 56 15 1303582+050809 39  +120 05
    KALPANA 1 geostationary
    27525 02 043A   0433 F 20090312202047000 56 15 1304073+050944 39  +120 05
    SL-12 R/B(2) range 37490 kms, steady
    26583 00 067D   0433 F 20090312194232000 56 15 1015224+105410 39  +105 05
    RADUGA 1M-1 geostationary
    32373 07 058A   0433 F 20090312181018000 56 15 1036205+051142 39  +110 05
    
    
    INTELSAT 906 geostationary
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20090313190755000 56 15 1112427+051754 39  +105 05
    INMARSAT 3F1 geostationary
    23839 96 020A   0433 G 20090313190755000 56 15 1114094+052756 39  +105 05
    SL-12 R/B(2) range 39360 kms steady
    20836 74 060F   0433 G 20090313180024000 56 15 1027171+061754 39  +125 05
    RADUGA 1M-1 geostationary
    32373 07 058A   0433 G 20090313180024000 56 15 1030237+051114 39  +110 05
    EUTELSAT W5 geostationary
    27554 02 051A   0433 G 20090313180024000 56 15 1032148+051304 39  +115 05
    ARIANE 5R/B range 33860 kilometres,steady
    33057 08 030C   0433 G 20090313180024000 56 15 1026348+053815 39  +115 05
    SL-12 R/B(2) range 39630 kilometres
    11862 80 049F   0433 G 20090313202512000 56 15 1237598+034955 39  +125 05
    BREEZE M-R/B  range 8850 kilometres, variable
    28447 04 041B   0433 G 20090313193920000 56 15 1047065+092706 39  +090 05
    INTELSAT 601 geostationary
    21765 91 075A   0433 G 20090313194331000 56 15 1034509+100347 39  +120 05
    INTELSAT 10 geostationary
    26766 01 019A   0433 G 20090313190153000 56 15 1125195+051338 39  +100 05
    INTELSAT 7 geostationary
    25473 98 052A   0433 G 20090313190153000 56 15 1126029+051513 39  +100 05
    INTELSAT 704 geostationary
    23461 95 001A   0433 G 20090313190548000 56 15 1118345+051327 39  +095 05
    ARIANE 44L R/B range 20400 kms, steady
    26039 99 071B   0433 G 20090313180146000 56 15 1043598+094916 39  +085 05
    RADUGA 2 geostationary, variable
    09416 76 092A   0433 G 20090313180824000 56 15 1057593+063609 39  +125 05
    TELSTAR 10 geostationary
    25010 97 062A   0433 G 20090313181156000 56 15 1109349+050750 39  +115 05
    SL-12 R/B(2) geostationary
    17872 76 092F   0433 G 20090313181156000 56 15 1105171+060753 39  +130 05
    OBJECT B geostationary
    34265 09 010B   0433 G 20090313181236000 56 15 1111478+034018 39  +110 05
    SL-12 R/B(2) range 15900 kms
    23845 96 021D   0433 G 20090313181703000 56 15 1109576+045628 39  +110 05
    ABS 1 geostationary
    25924 99 053A   0433 G 20090313181703000 56 15 1108100+051006 39  +105 05
    GSAT 3 geostationary
    28417 04 036A   0433 G 20090313183427000 56 15 1121050+051207 39  +120 05
    INSAT 3C geostationary
    27298 02 002A   0433 G 20090313183427000 56 15 1121178+051045 39  +105 05
    INSAT 4CR geostationary
    32050 07 037A   0433 G 20090313183427000 56 15 1121196+050710 39  +105 05
    KALPANA 1 geostationary
    27525 02 043A   0433 G 20090313183427000 56 15 1121311+050844 39  +105 05
    ARIANE 5 R/B range 28120 kilometres, steady
    26612 00 072E   0433 G 20090313183427000 56 15 1120159+054217 39  +110 05
    INTELSAT 4 geostationary
    23636 95 040A   0433 G 20090313184434000 56 15 1123008+051106 39  +105 05
    H-2 R/B(2) range 31360 kilometres,steady
    23525 95 011C   0433 G 20090313185043000 56 15 1118452+063253 39  +100 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Nothing exciting here - merely reporting objects for my own records
        that appeared in the field of view whilst searching for USA 202 and
        observing other "classified" high altitudes. Have to identify to make
        sure they are not "unknowns".
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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