new objects, etc.

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun May 01 2005 - 05:12:25 EDT

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    For what they're worth, here are two attempted obs of the new 
    USA payload (BCRC observing site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.):
    2005/05/01 02:42:03.7 RA 5:05:26 Dec +59.0
    2005/05/01 02:42:07.3 RA 5:01:30 Dec +60.4
    I tried to measure its separation from the Titan and got that 
    it was roughly 44 seconds behind.  I was able to see the 
    payload without binoculars (when I lowered them to try) in 
    the north, about +3.5.  I would guess that the Titan's maxima 
    were brighter than that.
    A few minutes earlier, Cosmos 2084 (20663, 90-055A) passed in 
    front of Jupiter, as best as I could tell with my 8x42.  This 
    was at about 2:21:29.15, more or less.
    The NOSS 3-1 pair (01-040C and A; 26907 and 26905) were about 
    magnitude +3.0 for at least a minute, about 3:32-33.
    Deep Impact Rk (05-001C, 28519) crossed with a slow-moving
    southbound object.  It proved to be USA 144 (25744, 99-28A)!
    Snapshot (01314, 65-027A -- about 40 years old) flared to 
    +3.5, not too hard to see without the binoculars, in spite 
    of there being, by that time, some thin cirrus around.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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