Re: New decayers: #24813 and #24814

Mon, 26 May 97 13:35:58 PDT

Observed #24814 passing 3.1 deg below Capella at 04:32:52 26May UTC
(Sunday night, 9:32:52 pm local).  Thanks to Alan Pickup's very
accurate elset for 97146.11809871 it was within 1 second of the predicted
time and right on track.  The elevation was 10 deg, with a slant range
of 529 statute miles (851km).

I attempted to observe #24813, which was supposed to pass 2.25 deg
below Capella a few moments earlier at 04:31:13, but I missed it, and
missed it again at a checkpoint further along, above Cassiopeia, that
I had staked out in advance.  Since #24813 is supposed to be the larger
rocket body, I'm suprised I missed it yet saw the platform.  I was
using a 4.5in newtonian, so I should have been able to see the rocket,
unless it was off track slightly and passed by outside my 1 deg field of

Another low pass is to occur tonight, but clouds have moved in and I
don't think I'll have any other opportunities to see #24813 before decay.

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, California
 36 41' 10.3" N,  121 48' 17.9" W     (+36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -7