Obs 18 Nov 2003 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2003 - 11:18:16 EST

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    Observations 18 Nov 2003:(Part 1)
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System), 1004x low
    light level CCD surveillance camera (0.003 lux) with 145mm focal
    length f/2.5 lens with focal length reducer, field of view
    1.89 x 1.43 degrees.
    
    Conditions very good - about as good as it gets here.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    19460 88 078A   0433 G 20031118215353300 17 15 1522294-742358 39 R+070 05
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118220813700 17 15 2210060-252946 39 R+056 05
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118220829100 17 15 2219352-234816 39 R+070 05
    26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118220844100 17 15 2228438-220236 39 R+080 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 G 20031118221028200 17 15 1517181-844952 39 R+087 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 G 20031118221045000 17 15 1217181-855750 39 R+065 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 G 20031118221059400 17 15 0947476-842540 39 R+076 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20031118185523300 17 15 0152566+075505 39 S+080 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20031118201021800 17 15 0307027+100738 39 S+078 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20031118222529800 17 15 0521487+124400 39 S+075 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20031118224824400 17 15 1832161-723358 39 S+064 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20031118224836300 17 15 1904292-721039 39 S+063 05
    25157 98 007A   0433 G 20031118224924300 17 15 2058198-665310 39 S+073 05
    
    
    Notes:
    
    (1) A LOT more to come! Some I probably wont do as they are regularly/
        easily observed - depends how I go timewise :-))
    
        Still to come:
    
        Noss 2-3 triplet ( anybody want?), DMSP B5D2-8,
        TIPS ( two passes), DMSP B5D1-4, Lacrosse 4( 2 passes),  DMSP F16,
        #031017 (two passes),DMSP B5D2-6, STEX, Noss 7 (D), USA 160/USA 160C
        (two passes ), USA 160 Rkt (1st pass), DMSP F15, USA 40 R, MSX,
        Noss 2-2 triplet (two passes - anybody want?)
    
    (2) A satellite that was probably USA 32 (#19460) was seen close to
        the predicted position, correct direction but a bit off in time.
        I was video-taping with the wide-angle lens and found it when
        checking the video tape afterwards.
    
    (3) Another unknown - at least I could not find a match and this one
        was bright.Observed with the wide angle lens which has a field of
        view of about 5.4 x 4.2 degrees and can see stars down to
        magnitude +8.5.  Normally serves as a "finder" for the main
        camera and output not usually video-taped but this time it was.
    
         21h52m53.7sUT  RA 14h56m12.1s  -75d00'55"(J2000) Mag 5.0 steady
         21 53 09.8        15 15 22.6   -77 00 34             5.0 steady
         21 53 19.7        15 31 05.1   -78 15 01             5.0 steady
    
    (4) I hope to report the remainder tomorrow.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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