W3A time lapse drift animation

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 05:04:23 EDT

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    Hi all ,
    
    I am now satisified that the eastward  drifting object , spotted on the
    evening of  May 6 is Eutelsat W3A .
    In orbit tests are complete and it is moving towards the operational slot of
    7 degrees east.
    A time lapse video/animation can be seen here :
    http://mysite.freeserve.com/satcom_transits/w3moveanim.gif
    ...with an explanation in the "New" section of my geos website
    http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/geos.htm
    
    The time lapse is made up of  a selection of  7.5 second frames , taken from
    a total of 560 exposures obtained over an 82 minute period.
    FOV is 30 arc minutes. Magnitude estimated at mag11.
    
    Regards,
    
    John
    
    
    John Locker
    http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/
    
    
    
    
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