#24763 Missed...and why

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sat, 17 May 1997 11:40:35 -0600 (MDT)

Woke up at 0400 local on 17 May excited about seeing a deacying
object within 12 hours or so of decay.  Logged on and ran predictions
with new elsets.

Was running a bit late...forgot the stopwatch. but was able to start it 
about 5 minutes prior to scheduled pass.   Scanned cross track to account
for any errors there and decided to look visually at times.  I assumed
that the magnitude would be around 2.

Craig observed it at 3.3 so my pass would have been 4.0 at best.  Marginal
under my twilight conditions.  Thus I was looking visually when it came
by and missed it.   Bad Ron Bad!

It was a good lesson that I will try to remember for the next object like
this.

Perhaps Alan can schedule a very low perigee eccentric satellite with
perigee over Colorado.  Probably won't happen since the Molniya's
inclination keeps the perigee in the southern hemisphere and Centaur
types are too low for me.

Ron