Re: Eccentric flashing UNID (Telstar 402)

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 17:11:47 PDT

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    I wrote:
    
    ] I did not come up with any good candidates using loose parameters
    ] with Findsat and alldat.tle as the source of orbital element data.
    
    Thanks to Mike McCants for letting everyone know it was Telstar 402, 
    and my apologies to all for the false alarm.  I don't know yet what 
    went wrong (why I didn't get Telstar 402 as a candidate when I tried 
    to ID the object this morning), but I'll do my best to avoid whatever 
    it was in the future!
    
    Perhaps it's a least somewhat interesting that Telstar 402 can at 
    times be observed with binoculars (by accident!) at that range (over 
    20,000 km).
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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