Telstar-5 Proton R/B obs.

Bill Krosney (bkrosney@MBnet.MB.CA)
Fri, 30 May 1997 23:06:57 -0700

Just observed the Telstar-5 Proton R/B at 03:46 UT May 31/97; Lat.
49.85N, Long. 97.27W (Winnipeg, Canada).

Based on Alan Pickup's elements:
Telstar 5 Proton r                               162 x 155 km
1 24813U 97026B   97151.08021242  .05571377  26669-1  27429-3 0 90356
2 24813  51.5898 111.0988 0005385 287.3265  72.6146 16.42776666  1040

The satellite was observed +/- 15 secs. of its projected time and +/- 5
degrees of its expected track.

Observation was difficult, fairly bright twilight and an interfering
tree and light.  Basically it caught me by surprise!  Sorry I couldn't
provide a more accurate position and/or timing.  But Alan's elements
were more than adequate.

Still flashing, about as bright as Vega (one of the few stars available)
and moving... real fast!

Clear skies...

Bill Krosney

e-mail: bkrosney@mbnet.mb.ca