ARABSAT 2A flashing, appeared to be rotating fast when I viewed the one flash

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue May 22 2007 - 11:05:43 EDT

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    While at work last night, I had my dvd recorder capture video, while the goto mount tracked
    ARABSAT 2A ( 23948 ). I played back the video, and was rewarded so far by only one flash of it.
    
    The time was 4:42:36 UTC ( May 22 )
    
    Sat at
    
    15 h 18 m R.A
    -4 deg 24 min Dec
    
    Looking at the flash, it seems to be a series of quick one's, so the sat might be rotating
    quickly.
    I compensated for the atmosphere, and it's effect on the light, by comparing te flash to how the
    nearby stars where behaving.
    
    I will have to use, the scope on it tonight for a short time. Then I hope to know for sure, how
    it's behaving. 
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
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