Titan r Obs & OceanSat 1 r attempted Obs

finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
Sat, 29 May 1999 01:19:03 -0600 (MDT)

At 05:17:56 29 May UTC +/- 2 sec USA 144 Titan r #25745 99028B passed approx
5 degrees below (South) Arcturus. Magnitude of -1. With this elset:

USA 144 Titan r 10.0  3.0  0.0  2.5 d
1 25745U 99028B   99147.90363205  .01228647  00000-0  61493-3 0    08
2 25745  63.4618  81.5675 0051352 167.4842 192.6360 16.16921148    09

it's predicted peak elevation was at Az 224 degrees Elev 57 degrees at
05:18:25 29 May UTC. 

One minute later i got a -3 flare from Iridium 4 #24796U 97020E at Az 275
degrees Elev 29 degrees at 05:28:57 29 May UTC. 

With a clear sky and despite a bright moon, i tried to get a 1x obs of
OceanSat 1 r #25759 99029D, hoping it may flare or at least be visible. But
no luck, i tried to acquire it in my 10x50s but i waited too long and did
not see it. I waited for OceanSat 1 #25756U 99029A which was 1 min and 49
sec behind and looked for it with both 1x and 10x50 but no luck either. I
did notice a couple of faint glints along it's apparent path. I was too busy
looking for it to note the actual time, one was at Az 250 degrees and the
other at about Az 300 degrees. Whether these were from OceanSat 1 i can't
say for sure but they seemed to from the path of it's track.

It's predicted peak elevation was at 06:51:36 29 May UTC at Az 257 degrees
Elev 66 degrees. They still make favourable passes for awhile longer for me
so i'll try to get better observations of them.

Jari
54.25N
110.11W
556m