PPAS reports and more

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Nov 22 2003 - 04:54:01 EST

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    23466, Tsikada Rk
    95-  2 D 03-11-22 01:28:38   EC   80.5 0.5   7 11.5   +4.0->inv
    I would have started timing it sooner if I had not thought 
    it was about to enter eclipse.  I counted three or four 
    cycles about a minute before I started timing it.
    12553, NOAA 7
    81- 59 A 03-11-22 01:07:45   EC   90.0 0.5   5 18.0   +2.0->inv
    A few non-specular secondary maxima were visible.
    98-026A, 25319, Iridium 69 "?" -- I think that it is flashing 
    with a period of about 35 seconds, based on two definite 
    specular flashes.
    SPOT 3 (93-061A, 22823) did a very visible pass low in the
    west, with a couple of specular flashes and long stretches
    of +3.
    UFO 2 Rk (98-016B, 25259) wasn't easy; I got odd times. 
    It may have slowed down to 9 or 10 seconds.
    Managed to see a few maxima of Raduga 33 (96-010A, 23794);
    not easy due to all of the light pollution at the site --
    Ney Museum, 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    I'm pretty sure I saw some flashes from Orion 3 (99-024A, 
    25727), though only the first was bright, about -1.  
    ISS did a very nice pass.  I was able to see it between
    the bright lights as I crossed a tennis court.
    Eleven objects were visible (at least a couple of flashes) 
    without binoculars from the light-polluted site.  It's 
    not as good there when the leaves have fallen from the 
    trees, thus allowing a lot more light to enter from the 
    tennis courts and the park and passing cars.
    Non-obs:  Superbird A, ETS 6, and TDF 1.  I must have made
    a miscalculation with respect to Superbird; the sky was
    okay and the location wasn't difficult.  I was looking for
    it for about 10 minutes beginning about 3:17 or 18, based 
    on Don's report from a couple of days ago.  I'm not sure 
    when to look for ETS 6 now and have no idea on TDF 1.  I
    looked quite a bit for ETS 6 but just didn't see it though
    it was very near where it flashed near apogee maybe three 
    weeks ago.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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