Unknown Observation

From: Alexander M (alexoid@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 17:49:48 PST

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    Hello everybody,
    In the night of the 29th to the 30th November I enjoyed Lacrosse 3 at 22:45 
    Local Time. It went nice like predicted with the Mag. of 3.1 .  At around 
    22:47:00 it passed under Procyon. Cicra 10 to 15 seconds later I catched 
    with my  binocs (12x50 5.8 deg field) about 3 degrees under Lac3 an object 
    with about the same magnitude and same speed, but in the nearly absolut 
    opposit direction. 25 - 30 Seconds later the object disappeard in the NNE 
    slowly, like a dissapaering Iridium, still about 20 degres high. So it 
    didn't loose much height in this time.
    My Data;
    Location: Dunedin, New Zealand (45.8670S 170.5000E 20m)
    NZDT (UTC+13:00)
    heavens-above for Lacrosse 3 Rocket:
    Mag Start    Alt   Az Max               Ends
    3.1 22:42:46 16deg N  22:45:12 27deg NE 22:48:50 10deg ESE
    data for unknow object:
    Time when catched: 22:47:10 +/- 5sec
    alt: ca 23deg
    AZ: Azimut of Lac3 at this time: East
    moving: opposit direction of Lac3, nearly parallel
    dissapearing at ca. 22:47:40 Alt: 20deg Az: NNE
    Yesterday I checked heavens-above.com after that. Nothing in brighter 
    sattelites for the time and direction, and it was about Mag 3.
    What can it have been? Maybe a disapearing Iridium after a very faint flare 
    shortly before I cought the sat? Or any not listed satellite that is not in 
    the prediction list? ...?
    Thank you very much for any comments, ideas, ...
    Clear nights, nice passes and for everybody in the south a nice summer.
    Alexander Marschand
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    45.8670S 170.5000E 20m NZDT (UTC+13:00)
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