92-008 B (#21876) Obs, 18 Nov 96

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 09:02:25 -0700 (MST)

This is to provide others observing this object with my
problem with it.  It is a subjective report.

Pass occurred at about 0055 UT on 18 Nov 96 which was
about 70 minutes after local sunset.

the pass was max elevation of 19 degrees in the west,
moving south to north.

I picked up the sateelite with 7x50 binocs almost due west,
glanced away to take off watch to time it, reacquired the 
satellite.  After about 2 periods, the maximum point became
less distinct.  I knew that I would have to observe a while 
to reduce the error due to this uncertainty.

Then at about azimuth 300 degrees, the satellite became brighter
AND a near constant magnitude, after a few seconds (maybe 10),
it again started to show observable variations in magnitude.

The constant magnitude period prevented me from getting a good period.

Total observing time was only 2 minutes.

Ron Lee
104.5614 W, 39.9478 N, 2073 m