Fw: Obs 18 Nov 2003 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Thu Nov 20 2003 - 12:07:23 EST

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    From: "Greg Roberts" <grr@iafrica.com>
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    Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 5:49 PM
    Subject: Obs 18 Nov 2003 Part 2
    
    
    > Observations 18 Nov 2003: Part 2
    > ----------------------------------------
    >
    > 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 good - about as good as it gets for my location
    >
    > Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    > Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    >
    >
    > 23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031118182131800 17 15 1808432-455242 39 R+078 05
    > 23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031118182029600 17 15 1701358-585928 39 R+079 05
    > 23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031118182230200 17 15 1847244-300223 39 R+078 05
    > 23533 95 015A   0433 G 20031118182357400 17 15 1919579-063449 39 S+081 05
    > 23937 96 029F   0433 G 20031118183434200 17 15 2327199+191708 39 I     05
    > 23937 96 029F   0433 G 20031118183634000 17 15 0029594-035953 39 I     05
    > 23937 96 029F   0433 G 20031118183749900 17 15 0127412-225441 39 I     05
    > 23937 96 029F   0433 G 20031118183848200 17 15 0224100-355812 39 I     05
    > 11389 79 050A   0433 G 20031118184411200 17 15 1827595-174402 39 S+079 05
    > 11389 79 050A   0433 G 20031118184425100 17 15 1832597-145609 39 S+079 05
    > 11389 79 050A   0433 G 20031118184457100 17 15 1843056-084152 39 I+084 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118184930800 17 15 0332530+064229 39 S+055 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118185131200 17 15 0504589-201326 39 S+035 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118185159300 17 15 0527013-245412 39 S+035 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118185313500 17 15 0622203-332819 39 S+042 05
    > 28054 03 048A   0433 G 20031118190156800 17 15 0630375-772805 39 S+069 05
    > 28054 03 048A   0433 G 20031118190315500 17 15 0155527-682331 39 S+049 05
    > 28054 03 048A   0433 G 20031118190429800 17 15 0024047-391731 39 S+045 05
    > 28054 03 048A   0433 G 20031118190545600 17 15 2347497-045552 39 S+049 05
    > 90019 03 790B   0433 G 20031118190808200 17 15 2152182+211623 39 S+062 05
    > 90019 03 790B   0433 G 20031118190949100 17 15 2253022+165030 39 S+057 05
    > 90019 03 790B   0433 G 20031118191130600 17 15 2358492+112327 39 S+056 05
    > 90019 03 790B   0433 G 20031118191317600 17 15 0107024+052829 39 S+055 05
    > 90019 03 790B   0433 G 20031118191527700 17 15 0220030-002235 39 S+058 05
    > 21798 91 082A   0433 G 20031118193058600 17 15 1914383-174109 39 R+083 05
    > 21798 91 082A   0433 G 20031118193115300 17 15 1920230-142516 39 R+084 05
    > 21798 91 082A   0433 G 20031118193141700 17 15 1928282-092628 39 R+086 05
    > 25615 98 055C   0433 G 20031118193813500 17 15 0633510-302417 39 R+081 05
    > 25615 98 055C   0433 G 20031118193912000 17 15 0716254-391638 39 R+082 05
    > 25615 98 055C   0433 G 20031118194026100 17 15 0814513-462909 39 R+082 05
    > 25615 98 055C   0433 G 20031118194001400 17 15 0755065-443437 39 R+082 05
    > 16623 86 014D   0433 G 20031118195745100 17 15 2319333-654721 39 S+081 05
    > 16623 86 014D   0433 G 20031118195826100 17 15 0049351-540951 39 S+081 05
    > 16624 86 014E   0433 G 20031118195755000 17 15 2310103-664423 39 S+082 05
    > 16624 86 014E   0433 G 20031118195843000 17 15 0055530-531133 39 S+081 05
    > 26907 01 040C   0433 G 20031118200129200 17 15 0712579-464455 39 S+067 05
    > 26907 01 040C   0433 G 20031118200306700 17 15 0645356-304658 39 S+068 05
    > 26907 01 040C   0433 G 20031118200353300 17 15 0638250-234004 39 S+069 05
    > 26905 01 040A   0433 G 20031118200108400 17 15 0726219-510107 39 S+067 05
    > 26905 01 040A   0433 G 20031118200154300 17 15 0706565-433505 39 S+067 05
    > 26905 01 040A   0433 G 20031118200251100 17 15 0651057-341636 39 S+068 05
    > 26905 01 040A   0433 G 20031118200353300 17 15 0640162-243808 39 S+069 05
    > 26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118201614500 17 15 1536208-780721 39 S+060 05
    > 26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118201843200 17 15 0525007-734252 39 S+057 05
    > 26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118202016700 17 15 0505519-494552 39 S+050 05
    > 26906 01 040B   0433 G 20031118202109200 17 15 0504553-353836 39 S+046 05
    > 23937 96 029F   0433 G 20031118202351400 17 15 2019114-203658 39 I     05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118202916300 17 15 2059515-132038 39 S+029 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118203049500 17 15 2022169-420651 39 S+031 05
    > 26473 00 047A   0433 G 20031118203203500 17 15 1902328-625207 39 S+035 05
    > 25991 99 067A   0433 G 20031118203609800 17 15 1208249-742001 39 R+078 05
    > 25991 99 067A   0433 G 20031118203626300 17 15 1204467-763109 39 R+077 05
    > 25991 99 067A   0433 G 20031118203726800 17 15 1103139-862300 39 R+075 05
    > 25991 99 067A   0433 G 20031118203828600 17 15 0044354-780456 39 R+072 05
    > 20344 89 061D   0433 G 20031118204535800 17 15 2215145-065013 39 I+090 05
    > 20344 89 061D   0433 G 20031118204600400 17 15 2216099-071929 39 I+092 05
    > 20344 89 061D   0433 G 20031118210552600 17 15 2308154-345628 39 I+086 05
    > 23851 96 024A   0433 G 20031118205446800 17 15 0949558-652734 39 S+080 05
    > 23851 96 024A   0433 G 20031118205529600 17 15 0850034-663447 39 S+077 05
    > 23851 96 024A   0433 G 20031118205605000 17 15 0747015-660348 39 S+068 05
    > 23851 96 024A   0433 G 20031118205659800 17 15 0601541-602840 39 S+067 05
    >
    > Notes:
    > ~~~~~~~~
    > (1) This is Part 2. I still have a few satellites to do and hopefully
    >     will post the third and final part tomorrow.
    >
    > (2) I have NOT checked my typing so there may be careless errors. I
    >     hope to check it all tomorrow - ( not enough hours in a day!).
    >
    > (3) The observations above of #16623, #16623, #26907 and #26905 were
    >     done with the wide angle camera so positional accuracy may not be as
    >     good as the usual camera but I think the difference will be so small
    >     as to not really matter.
    >
    > (4) Positions reported for TIPS are the approximate centre of the tether.
    >
    > (5) Another "unknown" found - ie I find no ready match in the ALLDAT.TLE
    >      file I am currently using.
    >
    >     Observational details are:
    >
    >     21h20m05.5sUT  RA19h23m55s   Dec -59d48'10"( J2000 )  Mag 8.2 steady
    >     21 20 07.9       19 27 58        -59 33 13                8.2 steady
    >     21 20 10.4       19 32 03        -59 15 32                8.2 steady
    >
    >     If I knew at the time it was an unknown I could track it across the
    >     sky with not too much difficulty and get more positions. I am trying
    >     to think of a solution to this so suggestions are welcome but remember
    >     that I have to know almost immediately so I can manually start tacking
    >     the satellite so I cannot go and scan pages of prediction data in the
    >     dark.
    >
    >     Ideally what is needed is a program that will drive my stepper motor
    >     tracking system and also give a real time display of satellites/stars
    >     in the field of view or reasonably close to it on the same monitor,
    >     and the display changes in real time as the azimuth/elevation changes.
    >
    >     I did try using two computers - one driving the camera mount and the
    >     other running GUIDE and manually entering the az/el/time into GUIDE
    >     to get a field display but this proved too slow and I usually lost
    >     the unknown before even trying to follow it!
    >
    >     Being of limited finances I cannot afford a commercial "GO TO" system
    >     and my homemade system is almost certainly not compatible with
    programs
    >     such as GUIDE, THE SKY etc.
    >
    >     Maybe someone will come up with a solution or useful ideas ?
    >
    >     Cheers
    >     Greg
    >
    >
    
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