Obs USA 125 26 Nov 2k2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Nov 27 2002 - 03:51:41 EST

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    Observations made 26 Nov 2002
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    CoSaTrak 1, 85mm f/1.6 lens with 0.003 lux CCD surveillance camera.
              + 25mm f/1.4 lens with 0.01 lux surveillance camera
    
    Conditions - Seeing good - but rather warm ~32 deg C
    
    Cospar Site #0433  Long 18.5129 E, Lat 33.9406 S, altitude 10 metres
    
    
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191346500 17 15 0255500-160410 39 S+080 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191426100 17 15 0306476-184639 39 S+080 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191433100 17 15 0308462-191617 39 S+075 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191507800 17 15 0319310-214529 39 S+075 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191544500 17 15 0331429-242520 39 I+055 05
    23945 96 038A   0433 G 20021126191602500 17 15 0338136-254357 39 I+070 05
    
    Notes:
    
    (1) Sole purpose of observing was to recover 96-038A USA 125 which was
        achieved. The satellite was running almost 4 minutes late
    
    (2) Was unable to track a longer arc as my computer power supply decided
        to shut down so could no longer drive the camera mount - at this stage
        the reason is not known - got too hot??  Anyway I think its time I
        upgraded the pc -its a 586 90 Mhz Nexgen which hasnt even got a co-
        processor installed. It will be replaced with a 300 Mhz machine
    currently
        doing nothing. Its time it earned its keep.
    
    Correction:
    
    (1) Mike McCants pointed out that my observation of ATEX on the 24th Nov
        is incorrect. The satellite observed was IRIDIUM 53. This error I dont
        feel bad about - its not my fault Iridium 53 decided to cross my sky on
        a track very close to that of ATEX and came into the field of view
        about 20 sec before ATEX. Time these satellites carried identification!
    
    Okay- now back to measuring some of 24 Novembers observations.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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