FW: #24763 Missed...and why

Brierley, David UK (BrierleD@jntf.osd.mil)
Mon, 19 May 1997 09:15:54 -0600

Really bad luck Ron!  Thanks to your phone call on Friday night, I made
the effort to observe the Saturday morning transit of #24763, 97-15C.
It rose in the NNW bang on track, and only about 3 secs late (thanks,
Alan!).  At 18 deg el it was about mag +6.5 steady.  At culmination, 36
deg el in the NE, it reached +5.2 steady.

For the record, here are three positions:
UT 10:28:01.18  RA 08:31.5 Dec +67:19 (2000.0) 
UT 10:28:48.24  RA 00:41.4 Dec +56:32 (2000.0) 
UT 10:28:53.83  RA 00:15.1 Dec +48:01 (2000.0) 

At UT 10:14, the Mir/Shuttle combo reached mag -1.

David Brierley
Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
Station 2017
Lat 38.9583N Long 104.7603W 2115m

>From: 	Ron Lee[SMTP:ronlee@pcisys.net]
>Sent: 	Saturday, May 17, 1997 11:40 AM
>To: 	SeeSat-L@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
>Subject: 	#24763 Missed...and why
>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
>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.