Re: Observation Report (May 8, Local)

LWojack@aol.com
Wed, 12 May 1999 17:19:44 EDT

In a message dated 5/9/99 5:16:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Mir16609 writes:

> > 0115-0122:  Couldn't see Resurs 01 Rocket (23343) .  Looked in the wrong 
>  >  places at the wrong times.
>    
>  This  object is visible at 1x most of the time.  Keep trying.

Yes, I know.  I've seen it many times before.
  
>  >  0148-0201:  I think I saw ABRIXAS (25721) .  If so, it was 5 to 6 
minutes 
> 
>  >  late.  It had the exact same predicted flight plan as ABRIXAS, but it 
was 
> a 
>  >  little over 300 seconds late.  No tumbling.  Sighted at about 0200:00; 
>  > visual 
>  >  contact maintained only 10 or 15 seconds.  About magnitude +6.5.
>  
>  What you prpbably saw was the Abrixas Rk.   It's on the same track but 
about 
> 6.5 minutes later.  Last evening I has a negative obs of the Abrixas but 
was 
> able to time the flashes of the Rocket.
>  
>  Keep trying.

Really!  So, if I look where ABRIXAS is supposed to pass, the rocket will be 
there about 6 minutes later?  ABRIXAS is supposed to make an excellent pass 
tonight (85+ degrees of altitude) .  I'll look for the rocket tonight.
  
>  BTW most of the USA will get a good view of the International Space 
Station 
> tonight.   Try for that one.

Yes, I saw it.  First time, very brillant.  Was going to try to get my 
telescope on it, but I didn't have a chance to (insufficient set-up time).

Jonathan Wojack
lwojack@aol.com