Optical 08 May 2012

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Wed May 09 2012 - 08:14:33 UTC

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    Observations 08 MAY 2012
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    
    FLI ML8300M CCD camera with mechanical shutter + Trimble GPS
    
    Used with NIKON ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens
    set at ~150mm focal length. Field of view 6.9 x 5.3 degrees,
    Time is accurate to within 50 milliseconds.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    23862 96 029D   0433 P 20120508164306288 55 15 0620172-532758 19
    23862 96 029D   0433 P 20120508164329489 55 15 0703015-480851 19
    23862 96 029D   0433 P 20120508164532820 55 15 0931420-024228 19
    23862 96 029D   0433 P 20120508164656005 55 15 1021005+192127 19
    
    NOTES:
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    (1) Tracked through very heavy mist - could not see any stars
        naked eye but managed to get one satellite and determine new
        image scale.
    (2) Now well into my winter rainy season so not expecting much
        optical tracking over next month or two.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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