Gorizont 13 for sure

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue May 18 2004 - 05:19:39 EDT

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    Although while entering stopwatch data on my PC I clicked the 
    wrong button, Gorizont 13 was confirmed some hours ago as the 
    flashing geosynch the previous evening with the flash period 
    of 86.1, as it had moved on several degrees to the west.  It 
    again was flashing more brightly than any other Gorizont I've 
    seen, I think, +4.0 it seems to me.  I ran out of time to 
    check for ASC 1 and GStar 3.
    I saw an interesting unid whose best points I zapped from my 
    stopwatch when I clicked the wrong button.  It was west to 
    east, took five or six minutes, flashed occasionally.  A 
    southbound one crossed with it, right after an unid geosynch 
    flash, and managed to be recorded before I clicked the wrong 
    button, but after an hour or more, I was not satisfied at 
    all with any candidates.  This pass was roughly 3:28-3:34 
    May 18 UTC (last surviving click, maybe a flash, was 3:32:49,
    and tracked it for possibly two more minutes after that).
    It went from roughly az 220, alt 40, to az 135, alt 65, 
    passed kind of near eta and gamma VIR along the way, last 
    (lost) points near 15 and 32 BOO.  Again I don't have enough 
    disk space to get the alldat.tle file.  (It's a daily fight.)
    I had a nice coincidence, two northbound side-by-side about
    three degrees apart: Cosmos 1302 Rk (81-084B, 12792) and 
    Cosmos 332 Rk (70-028B, 04370).
    My stopwatch error lost a very bright flash from Iridium 911
    (97-030G, 24842) in or near UMa.  Due to going to supper 
    with friends, I didn't have Orion 3 predictions, but I guess 
    it didn't matter....  First time I've accidentally zapped 
    stopwatch data in years.
    Before getting to BCRC, at supper I told my friends about 
    Gravity Probe B.  We went out to try to see it, and it gave 
    us a hoped-for very bright flash in bright twilight just 
    before 2:00 UTC, in the SW.  One of them was interested in 
    seeing Comet NEAT (2001 Q4) [reversed notation], and it 
    wasn't hard from their porch, although my friend wasn't 
    used to holding binoculars up and star-hopping around.
    BCRC:  30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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