Decay Watch: Molniya 3-11 in binoculars

Ron Lee (
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 19:33:43 -0700

Yes folks. Last night's obs with my 8" suggested that it MAY be visible
in my 7x35 binoculars.  So tonight I looked on a similar pass and indeed
it was visible in binocs.

It was about magnitude 7.5 at a range of 3611 km amd Skymap phase angle 
of 146 degrees.

It was again tumbling but I did not time it.

This is my first binocular sighting of a Molniya.  Should be an easy task
for you Southern hemisphere folks with Molniya's at perigee.

Ron Lee

Obs at  0221 UT on 24 Nov 98 from Falcon, CO USA