Obs 08 Nov 2004

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 10:18:59 EST

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    Observations 08 Nov 2004:
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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 general very poor. Thick cirrus at start, with some
    clear areas, then cloud. Some predicted satellites were observed
    and tracked but no positional data as no reference stars visible.
    
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    
    25615 98 055C   0433 T 20041108180813100 17 15 0554241-600241 39 S+070 05
    25615 98 055C   0433 T 20041108181043700 17 15 0306274-295227 39 S+062 05
    28096 03 054B   0433 T 20041108181728600 17 15 0126533+191856 39 S+050 05
    28096 03 054B   0433 T 20041108182015200 17 15 0256344-084736 39 S+050 05
    28096 03 054B   0433 T 20041108182426000 17 15 0521068-341406 39 S+060 05
    28095 03 054A   0433 T 20041108183030400 17 15 2232447+315345 39 S+057 05
    28095 03 054A   0433 T 20041108183054500 17 15 2242314+290128 39 S+056 05
    28095 03 054A   0433 T 20041108183416900 17 15 0043216-115622 39 S+051 05
    28097 03 054C   0433 T 20041108183030400 17 15 2232327+324309 39 S+057 05
    28097 03 054C   0433 T 20041108183054500 17 15 2242102+295603 39 S+056 05
    28097 03 054C   0433 T 20041108183423500 17 15 0045508-113946 39 S+051 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 T 20041108184256900 17 15 1705426-575350 39 I+075 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 T 20041108184359400 17 15 1808289-434152 39 I+073 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 T 20041108185156000 17 15 1832485-193132 39 I+080 05
    90025 04 800A   0433 T 20041108185341700 17 15 1925371-113136 39 I+085 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 T 20041108185601500 17 15 1727032-552046 39 S+030 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 T 20041108185746400 17 15 2122171-510310 39 S+025 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 T 20041108185946900 17 15 0050411-002652 39 S+027 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 T 20041108190432000 17 15 1922384-261517 39 S+075 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 T 20041108190446000 17 15 1933388-214101 39 S+075 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 T 20041108190500500 17 15 1944117-165201 39 S+078 05
    28054 03 048A   0433 T 20041108190945500 17 15 0039583-293914 39 S+045 05
    28054 03 048A   0433 T 20041108191032500 17 15 0009293-085313 39 S+048 05
    28054 03 048A   0433 T 20041108191126700 17 15 2345488+101048 39 S+050 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 T 20041108191341200 17 15 2110154+304134 39 I+060 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 T 20041108191401200 17 15 2121119+322921 39 I+063 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108192649700 17 15 0636095-365759 39 S+076 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108192719000 17 15 0620058-342914 39 S+075 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108192746000 17 15 0605385-315102 39 S+073 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108192831100 17 15 0542098-264150 39 S+072 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 T 20041108194200000 17 15 0202563+080638 39 S+080 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 T 20041108201900000 17 15 0054317+065112 39 R+075 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 T 20041108202821300 17 15 0142035-071637 39 R+068 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 T 20041108203645300 17 15 0319124-282354 39 R+057 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 T 20041108204551400 17 15 1744416-712926 39 R+068 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 T 20041108204616500 17 15 1842444-685510 39 R+066 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 T 20041108204632400 17 15 1914353-662848 39 R+063 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 T 20041108204701700 17 15 1907070-493720 39 I+058 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 T 20041108204720800 17 15 1927477-464304 39 I+066 05
    19460 88 078A   0433 T 20041108204735200 17 15 1942520-441039 39 I+062 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108210402300 17 15 1556004-843323 39 S+053 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108210438300 17 15 2033425-834206 39 S+052 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108210501400 17 15 2158530-794159 39 S+049 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108210537700 17 15 2249305-710516 39 S+048 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 T 20041108210603800 17 15 2305311-633730 39 S+045 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Conditions very poor for satellites #28095,#28096 and #28097. Had to
        use reference stars not well placed.
    
    (2) Only a brief track on #90025 as conditions too poor.
    
    (3) #28385 tracked through rather heavy cloud making use of gaps in cloud.
    
    (4) Interesting "unknown" spotted, slow moving regular flashing but turned
        out to be an Intelsat rocket at a range of about 8500 kilometres.
    
    Cheers
    Greg 
    
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