Optical 18 May 2012

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat May 19 2012 - 14:52:44 UTC

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     Observations 18 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 CLASSFD.TLE:
      -----------------------
     15543 85 010B   0433 P 20120518193754365 55 15 1713584-111023 39
     15543 85 010B   0433 P 20120518193911910 55 15 1715210-111154 19
     22787 93 056A   0433 P 20120518182629621 55 15 1217076+111405 19
     22787 93 056A   0433 P 20120518182957040 55 15 1220349+110634 19
     27168 02 001A   0433 P 20120518185226112 55 15 1246005+084645 19
     27168 02 001A   0433 P 20120518185357253 55 15 1247304+084440 19
     27693 03 008C   0433 P 20120518182629621 55 15 1221214+124337 19
     27693 03 008C   0433 P 20120518182730069 55 15 1222225+124139 19
     27693 03 008C   0433 P 20120518182835125 55 15 1223308+123951 19
     27693 03 008C   0433 P 20120518182957040 55 15 1224536+123754 19
     27693 03 008C   0433 P 20120518185226112 55 15 1247423+120258 19
     29242 06 024C   0433 P 20120518190929754 55 15 1059465+105131 19
     35815 09 047A   0433 P 20120518183702002 55 15 1309002+052958 19
     35815 09 047A   0433 P 20120518184507511 55 15 1317091+052943 19
     35815 09 047A   0433 P 20120518184712509 55 15 1318546+052923 19
     35815 09 047A   0433 P 20120518184905749 55 15 1320461+052922 19
     
     
      STRAYS SEEN:
     -----------------------
     13092 82 020A   0433 P 20120518193754365 55 15 1716224-111644 19
     13177 82 044A   0433 P 20120518193754365 55 15 1717139-111334 19
     15629 85 025A   0433 P 20120518191800857 55 15 1151413+131409 19
     18715 87 109A   0433 P 20120518185018516 55 15 1259209+072812 19
     22653 93 031A   0433 P 20120518190929754 55 15 1055118+110445 19
     22931 93 078B   0433 P 20120518185226112 55 15 1259326+080814 19
     23205 94 050C   0433 P 20120518183419376 55 15 1256355+100721 19
     25086 97 078A   0433 P 20120518181644508 55 15 1125401+141448 19
     25086 97 078A   0433 P 20120518181853466 55 15 1127531+141308 19
     26381 00 031D   0433 P 20120518192806530 55 15 1240407+130348 19
     27811 03 020A   0433 P 20120518183702002 55 15 1311044+052808 39
     27811 03 020A   0433 P 20120518184507511 55 15 1319155+052759 19
     27811 03 020A   0433 P 20120518184712509 55 15 1320597+052806 19
     28194 04 010A   0433 P 20120518192106189 55 15 1219270+115247 19
     28463 04 043A   0433 P 20120518183419376 55 15 1313093+070747 19
     28463 04 043A   0433 P 20120518184712509 55 15 1325452+070412 19
     32000 05 009B   0433 P 20120518191639437 55 15 1159280+103444 19
     32021 07 036D   0433 P 20120518182835128 55 15 1240073+113822 19
     35497 09 035B   0433 P 20120518191639437 55 15 1156574+145816 19
     36288 10 001B   0433 P 20120518193754365 55 15 1720003-120717 19
     37395 11 016D   0433 P 20120518190815725 55 15 1049554+065305 19 
    
     NOTES:
     --------
     (1) Despite bad weather I was determined to get at least one
        observation of PAN and try and find the unknown that Marco
        found on the 16th May 2012.
     
     (2) Got several observations of PAN which shows that its still
        on the move and was halfway between HELLAS SAT 2 and PAKSAT 1
        which might be its destination ?
     
     (3) Despite a fairly intensive search was unable to find Marco's
        satellite. I still have several image fields to process but
        a quick check did not reveal anything interesting.
     
     (4) I dont care what happens between now and darkness and even if
        the sky is perfectly clear I am NOT going to track tonight!
        My eyes just cant take any more measuring for the moment and
        I have some mechanical work I need to do on the camera setup.
        Tonight I am going to get comfortable in front of the TV and
        fall asleep !
     
     (5)Mike informed me that the current year is 2012 so for those who
        collect observations change the date in report posted yesterday for
        16 May from 2011 to 2012.
     
     
      Cheers 
      Greg
     
     
     
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