milstar 6 observation

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Mon May 05 2003 - 01:06:57 EDT

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    Yestrday I was looking for milstar 6, and at the time given nothing 
    appeared. So I waited a few minutes after and appeared a bright geo sat.
    I took one of mike's orbits and fooled around with it to get an very very 
    approx orbit.
    Tonight, I found the sat again, within I would guess 30 seconds and 1/2 
    degree of where my not proper orbit said to look for it.
    I adjusted it for so far tonight's obs. Note I din't do it the proper way, I 
    dont care. I found it tonight using my non proper way, so I am happy.
    Here's the predicted orbit for what appears to be milstar 6. When I found it 
    last night, I was hoping it was an older one called milstar 4. But looks 
    more like milstar 6 :(
    Milstar 4 was reported to be positioned near 90 degrees west, someone what 
    close to the one I cam currently tracking. But It's could be milstar 6. But 
    at least I know where to see a milstar, I am happy about that at least. But 
    it would be nice of it is milstar 4.
    Anyways here's my non proper orbit. I hope you can spot it with it
    Note I have called it milstar 4, so pay no attention to the name.
    MILSTAR 4              8.0  3.0  0.0  4.0 v
    1 26715U 01009A   03119.44171492 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    00
    2 26715   4.4500 286.1457 0014000  90.3461 269.6539  1.00273226    00
    I try to make positional measurements tonight, but I am not very good at it. 
    I tried it before, what a pain it was at the time.
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