BY Obs Mar 15

From: Brad Young (allenb_young@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Mar 15 2009 - 18:21:11 UTC

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    Worked mainly on DSO last night since I am so far behind at that work, but was able to see a few interesting sats. A guy asked earlier to list equipment etc. used so I have listed equipment and some notes on methods. 
    
    The classfd.tle objects were both 12x60 binocs, as was 09-09B, a new rocket body. I watched 09-11C, the first booster r/b for the new Kepler Space Telescope, in my 12" Dob at 37x because I was unsure how bright it might be. I set up on Omicron Leo and watched it pass by, a steady golden glow. I waited to see if the 2nd r/b or even the payload would be visible, but they have moved on too far out.
    
    26695 was a very low flaring geosat I barely saw in my 12" at 75x. I had set up to look for the Spainsat trio, and used the Astronomy Club of Tulsa RMCC Observatory to gauge my azimuth. I rarely use alt-azimuth pointing, and it didn't work. Turns out the Observatory is 5 degrees off north! Why, I have no idea; you'd think that lining up the sidewalk and building due north would be useful. So I ditched that method and star hopped over to this satellite.
    
    32379 07 060B   8335 G 20090315030659930 17 25 0346879+415157 37 S
    32379 07 060B   8335 G 20090315030737430 17 25 0354406+454675 47 S
    90070 06 829A   8335 G 20090315044548790 17 25 0539726+010977 28 S
    90070 06 829A   8335 G 20090315044610160 17 25 0550640+014198 37 S
    90070 06 829A   8335 G 20090315044654540 17 25 0613909+024709 77 S
    90070 06 829A   8335 G 20090315044821270 17 25 0701380+043811 37 S
     
    09- 09 B 09-03-15 03:57:25   BY  137.5 2.0   6  22.9   A; 7->9
    09- 11 C 09-03-15 02:57:47   BY                               S; 6 gold 37x
    
    26695 8335 20090315 0147 W T 000 11 B P Skynet 4F
    
    Flaring geosat report format described at
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Oct-2007/0244.html
    
    TULSA2:
    COSPAR 8335 +35.831, -96.147 1100 ft
    
    
    
          
    
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