Telstar 401 (99-077A) obs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 02:35:21 PST

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    Thanks to Rick Baldridge for reporting his sighting of Telstar 401!  
    
    From outside my apartment (a quite light-polluted area, and with 
    some thin cirrus clouds this morning), just before 9:00 UTC, I 
    found it a couple of degrees north of Rigel already flashing to +1 
    or possibly a magnitude brighter.  (I wrote down "brighter than 
    Rigel" for click #5 but when I was reminded that Rigel is +0.12, I 
    wondered if I wrote it down wrong.  [It's cold outside -- for 
    Central Texas.])  These are slow flashes.  It went from north of 
    Rigel to just north of Orion's sword and on to the east of the 
    belt before fading from view.  Unfortunately, this one is still 
    very close to geosynchronous, so only those of us in the Americas 
    can see it for the time being.
    
    PPAS:
    93- 77 A 00-11-21 09:28:58   EC 2014.1 0.3  12 167.84 mag +0.5->inv
    
    flash times
    
    zero time  8:54:00.00
    
    (saw one before click 01 but misclicked and had to
    restart stopwatch)
    
    CL   "Lap"    Elapsed   Time UTC
    **                    (8:52:35.96)
    01        0   1:23.86  8:55:23.80
    02  2:47.68   4:11.54  8:58:11.48
    03  2:47.84   6:59.38  9:00:59.32
    04  2:47.83   9:47.21  9:03:47.15
    05  2:47.84  12:35.05  9:06:34.99  +0 to +1
    06  2:47.82  15:22.87  9:09:22.81
    07  2:47.77  18:10.64  9:12:10.58
    08  2:48.00  20:58.64  9:14:58.58
    09  2:47.81  23:46.45  9:17:46.39  +3
    10  2:47.99  26:34.44  9:20:34.38
    11  2:47.77  29:22.21  9:23:22.15
    (don't know why I missed one here; was looking for it)
    12  5:35.70  34:57.91  9:28:57.85
    
    (If there are errors in the UTC times above, it's because I 
    manually calculated them and made a mistake.  The lap and 
    elapsed times were transcribed from my stopwatch.)
    
    Observing location 30.3086N, 97.7279W, 150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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