Obs 20 Nov 2k2 Tape 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Fri Nov 22 2002 - 11:46:49 EST

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    Observations made 20/21 Nov 2002  Tape 1
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    CoSaTrak 1, 85mm f/1.6 lens with 0.003 lux CCD surveillance camera.
    Conditions - bad - full moon present, lot of thin cirrus.
    Seeing good however.
    
    Cospar Site #0433  Long 18.5129 E, Lat 33.9406 S, altitude 10 metres
    
    25724 99 023A   0433 B 20021120180208500 17 15 2344108-105454 39
    25724 99 023A   0433 B 20021120180310500 17 15 0011390-085739 39
    25724 99 023A   0433 B 20021120180453700 17 15 0057006-051539 39
    23233 94 057A   0433 B 20021120180951200 17 15 2135181-415607 39 S+063 05
    23233 94 057A   0433 B 20021120181038800 17 15 2135598-194406 39  +020 05
    23233 94 057A   0433 B 20021120181118200 17 15 2135252-035419 39 S+056 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 B 20021120181910700 17 15 2132332-243526 39  +050 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 B 20021120181923000 17 15 2139312-190134 39  +040 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 B 20021120181928800 17 15 2142287-162832 39  +029 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 B 20021120181946300 17 15 2150354-085857 39  +050 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 B 20021120183606000 17 15 0402382-234249 39 S+065 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 B 20021120183638500 17 15 0338327-151719 39 S+064 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 B 20021120182258400 17 15 2247185-235803 39 S+059 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 B 20021120182359500 17 15 2305180-170616 39 S+060 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 B 20021120182509500 17 15 2323175-092306 39 S+062 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 B 20021120182639800 17 15 2343178-000920 39 S+065 05
    21809 91 076E   0433 B 20021120190645100 17 15 0716446-403520 39 S
    21809 91 076E   0433 B 20021120190705500 17 15 0709260-374409 39 S
    21799 91 076C   0433 B 20021120190645100 17 15 0717193-405533 39 S
    21799 91 076C   0433 B 20021120190705500 17 15 0710049-380627 39 S
    21808 91 076D   0433 B 20021120190645100 17 15 0722007-420649 39 S
    21808 91 076D   0433 B 20021120190705500 17 15 0714148-391904 39 S
    23851 96 024A   0433 B 20021120192921000 17 15 0619078-221128 39 S+063 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 B 20021120192826100 17 15 0649001-292323 39 S+065 05
    23915 96 038A   0433 B 20021120194015300 17 15 0346541-261535 39 S+071 05
    23915 96 038A   0433 B 20021120194053200 17 15 0401429-285908 39 S+082 05
    23915 96 038A   0433 B 20021120194146500 17 15 0425068-324338 39 S+085 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 B 20021120195259400 17 15 0146433-161343 39 R+045 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 B 20021120195350400 17 15 0209370-160735 39 R+047 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 B 20021120201143800 17 15 0604344-560912 39 S+020 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 B 20021120201150200 17 15 0559089-534501 39 S+050 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 B 20021120201124300 17 15 0625555-630147 39 S+020 05
    26473 00 047A   0433 B 20021120201100500 17 15 0706519-701319 39 S+023 05
    10544 77 112E   0433 B 20021120214743000 17 15 0028377-335815 39 S+081 05
    10544 77 112E   0433 B 20021120214458300 17 15 0004024-054235 39 S+075 05
    10544 77 112E   0433 B 20021120214624100 17 15 0015384-191306 39 S+074 05
    
    Notes :
    
    (1) My comment yesterday about  DMSP 5D-2 S-14 being possibly "off"
        was a lot of bull. The satellite is on time, my mount had slipped
        calibration and was a degree out in azimuth.
    
    (2) Milstar 3 observation was in strong twilight, sun having set about
        half an hour earlier.
    
    (3) Last observation point of Lacrosse 4 was done as satellite entered
        earths shadow, hence the "faint" magnitude.
    
    (4) The Noss 2-2 trio was done at a very low altitude - maximum elevation
        of pass 13 degrees, but satellites quite easy to see.
    
    (5) USA 81 produced a spectacular show - certainly one of the prettier
        satellites to watch.
    
    (6) DMSP B5 D2-7 flared to about +2 magnitude for several seconds.
    
    (7) I will not bother to report the dozen or so not predicted
        satellites observed and identified. There were no real unknowns.
    
    (8) Next trackings session 25 or 26th November - weather permitting and
        will again concentrate on orbit plane scans as this gives me less
        positional data to report !   I will however add another CCD camera
        (sensitivity 0.01 lux) in addition to the one currently in use to
        give me a somewhat wider field of view of around 10.8 x 8.4 degrees.
        This will increase the number of "unknowns" spotted but I might see
        something interesting. The camera now in use has a field of 3.8 x
        2.8 degrees and sensitivity 0.003 lux.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
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