Obs 23 May 2006 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed May 24 2006 - 11:45:51 EDT

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    Good observing conditions after a week of rain - my CCD camera
    likes the cold weather!   Lets hope my mailing problem is solved-
    looks like it was the virus scanner used to scan mail before downloading
    it from the server - maybe it thinks Im a virus so deletes my messages
    - been called all sorts of other things before so whats new!
    
    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 64 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.28 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060523163456800 56 15 0330221-774849 39  +090 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060523163625800 56 15 0620225-561707 39  +085 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060523163723600 56 15 0650598-342947 39  +080 05
    28637 05 011B   0433 G 20060523163834800 56 15 0707235-081657 39  +080 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060523164711600 56 15 0403202-243006 39  +085 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060523164735100 56 15 0410528-201823 39  +090 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20060523164807600 56 15 0419354-144617 39  +095 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060523165857400 56 15 1900393-840532 39  +075 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060523170029600 56 15 0932379-682359 39  +080 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060523170240200 56 15 0857039-043801 39  +085 05
    28636 05 011A   0433 G 20060523170429000 56 15 0845008+252017 39  +085 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20060523170841300 56 15 1113133+021904 39  +050 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20060523170940200 56 15 1049197+190556 39  +065 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 G 20060523171053200 56 15 1028099+322851 39  +070 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 G 20060523181556300 56 15 0614001-083321 39  +080 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 G 20060523181639800 56 15 0553584-152824 39  +075 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 G 20060523181746500 56 15 0520443-244532 39  +080 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20060523190123500 56 15 0606589-351825 39  +075 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20060523190221100 56 15 0635455-245433 39  +085 05
    23533 95 015A   0433 G 20060523190340900 56 15 0703424-102311 39  +085 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 G 20060523163057600 56 15 0306137-562831 39  +075 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20060523174543000 56 15 1300495+050059 39  +075 05
    27938 03 041B   0433 G 20060523174722900 56 15 0924048+003122 39  +100 05
    27938 03 041B   0433 G 20060523174927500 56 15 0926113+003208 39  +100 05
    90031 05 546A   0433 G 20060523175227900 56 15 1458477+055912 39  +095 05
    90036 05 629A   0433 G 20060523180113100 56 15 1520516+032731 39  +080 05
    90038 05 638B   0433 G 20060523180334300 56 15 1517381+013634 39  +085 05
    90037 05 638A   0433 G 20060523180334300 56 15 1517572+022423 39  +080 05
    90043 05 835A   0433 G 20060523180943800 56 15 0919121+061708 39  +115 05
    90043 05 835A   0433 G 20060523181156800 56 15 0921271+061605 39  +115 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 G 20060523182321500 56 15 1054524-222215 39  +110 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 G 20060523182527800 56 15 1057200-222341 39  +110 05
    90047 06 521A   0433 G 20060523182849200 56 15 1101246-222519 39  +110 05
    90048 05 605B   0433 G 20060523183332500 56 15 1331044+104524 39  +105 05
    90053 05 551A   0433 G 20060523184215000 56 15 0906425+093626 39  +105 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20060523184550000 56 15 1117298+081316 39  +110 05
    90033 05 558A   0433 G 20060523184735100 56 15 1119149+081315 39  +110 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20060523184919600 56 15 1101201+051723 39  +095 05
    90005 99 804A   0433 G 20060523185311700 56 15 1137023+081654 39  +090 05
    90005 99 804A   0433 G 20060523185536300 56 15 1139443+081142 39  +090 05
    90005 99 804A   0433 G 20060523185713600 56 15 1141368+080900 39  +090 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 G 20060523190719700 56 15 1525405+132957 39  +110 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 G 20060523191137200 56 15 1528052+130340 39  +110 05
    90042 05 828A   0433 G 20060523180502000 56 15 1416342+072224 39  +115 05
    90042 05 828A   0433 G 20060523193311000 56 15 1544536+064155 39  +110 05
    90049 05 605C   0433 G 20060523193804900 56 15 1512234+094409 39  +100 05
    90049 05 605C   0433 G 20060523193940100 56 15 1514007+094443 39  +100 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20060523175458300 56 15 1157405+090324 39  +115 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20060523194232800 56 15 1345246+071743 39  +115 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20060523194428000 56 15 1347202+071537 39  +115 05
    90035 05 625A   0433 G 20060523175718800 56 15 1422477+051601 39  +090 05
    90035 05 625A   0433 G 20060523201230200 56 15 1638385+051858 39  +090 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20060523175718800 56 15 1423074+052329 39  +095 05
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20060523201230200 56 15 1638171+051447 39  +090 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    TDRS 3 IUS
    19549 88 091C   0433 G 20060523202558000 56 15 1447436-075339 39  +100 05
    Cosmos 1966 rocket
    19448 88 076D   0433 G 20060523190221100 56 15 0636044-242839 39  +085 05
    RADUGA 1-3 geostationary
    22981 94 008A   0433 G 20060523193311000 56 15 1552233+063455 39  +115 05
    ASTRA 1 KR geostationary
    29055 06 012A   0433 G 20060523184919600 56 15 1058420+051720 39  +100 05
    GALS 1 geostationary
    22963 94 002A   0433 G 20060523183332500 56 15 1333567+112029 39  +110 05
    Cosmos 2061 rocket
    20528 90 023B   0433 G 20060523181007600 56 15 0923269+063538 39  +065 05
    SKYNET 4D Rk Dbe
    25138 98 002E   0433 G 20060523175457600 56 15 1204263+093542 39  +070 05
    Cosmos 1700 geostationary
    16199 85 102A   0433 G 20060523175718800 56 15 1421014+040430 39  +120 05
    Cosmos 574 rocket
    06708 73 042B   0433 G 20060523174718200 56 15 0923320+003314 39  +067 05
    EUTELSAT W5 geostationary
    27554 02 051A   0433 G 20060523175227900 56 15 1503195+051003 39  +085 05
    Muses B
    24720 97 005A   0433 G 20060523173354300 56 15 0750007-031455 39  +075 05
    USERS SVC Mod
    27515 02 042A   0433 G 20060523174355900 56 15 0727125+071041 39  +075 05
    EUROPE STAR F1 geostationary
    26590 00 068A   0433 G 20060523174543000 56 15 1304326+052617 39  +090 05
    
    UNKNOWNS:
    -----------------
    91064 06 413MEO 0433 G 20060523184408900 56 15 1109475+073257 39  +085 05
    91064 06 413MEO 0433 G 20060523184415400 56 15 1110253+071403 39  +090 05
    
    91065 06 143GEO 0433 G 20060523184106000 56 15 0906379+092044 39  +100 05
    91065 06 143GEO 0433 G 20060523184215000 56 15 0907049+092035 39  +100 05
    91065 06 143GEO 0433 G 20060523184251300 56 15 0908244+092021 39  +100 05
    
    Notes:
    ---------
    
    (1) Still to come  LACROSSE 4 and more positions for #90020. Recording
        on DVD recorder not too great on account of very bright twilight
        sky so will have to get data of the PC hard drive where the quality
        is considerably better.
    
    (2) #90027 still lost - will use a wider angle lens when next I track
        and just leave it pointing in the approximate area and record for
        a long period.
    
    (3) Unknown #91064 passed through corner of field of view - this is all
        I could measure. Appeared variable.
    
    (4) Unknown #91065 puzzles me as its a quite easy geostationary and
        does not show a trail so inclination quite small. Ive probably
        observed this area several times and not seen it before - maybe
        its a commercial satellite missing in my database.
    
    (5) The satellite reported as #90005 was found whilst searching for
        #90005 so either its #90005 or an unknown geostationary-nice
        and bright.
    
    (5) Winter has come to Cape Town so virtually every night is cloudy
        so I do not expect to be doing much observing for the next two-
        three months so will overhaul equipment and make improvements
        like rebuilding the elevation drive - it has far too much
        backlash.Also have to try and remove the cross-modulation I am
        getting on my monitors ( and recordings) and I also have an
        intermittent connection somehwere.
    
    (6) Just acquired a 6 inch f/5 Super Polaris Celestron reflector
        which will be made into a GOTO for high altitude video satellite
        tracking - fair bit of mechanical/electronic work to do - very
        nice telescope. Manufactured around 1984 and sold as the SP-C6.
    
    (7) Hope not too many typing errors - my eyes are now all screwed up.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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