Titan and payload on time

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun May 01 2005 - 07:43:05 EDT

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    The Lacrosse 5 Titan Rk and Lacrosse 5 seemed reasonably
    on time just now, with the payload trailing by about 55 
    seconds.  Both were very easy to see, comparable to 
    Arcturus (0 mag) in spite of morning twilight and thin 
    cirrus clouds.  The payload flared to about -1 south of 
    its culmination.  I could not detect any variation in 
    the Titan, presumably due to its "gibbous" phase angle.  
    Each passed close to beta BOO and alpha OPH, which were 
    still visible without binoculars.  Observed from tennis 
    courts between my apartment and the Ney Museum, roughly
    30.31N, 97.73W, 150m.
    
    On the attempted positional measurements in my previous 
    message, I forgot to mention that the coordinates were 
    epoch 2000.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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