Obs 07 Nov 2005-Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 11:19:15 EST

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    Observations 07 Nov 2005:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 60mm focal length f/2.8 lens,integrating for 64 frames
    giving an equivalent exposure of 1.28 seconds.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107192512900 56 15 0651592-385500 39 +080 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107192535800 56 15 0636554-370048 39  +080 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20051107192819600 56 15 1800025-513817 39  +020 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20051107192841400 56 15 1743511-574937 39  +020 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20051107192912200 56 15 1707545-655453 39  +020 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20051107192932600 56 15 1629480-703312 39  +022 05
    14728 84 012C   0433 P 20051107193813600 56 15 0555064-655816 39  +075 05
    14728 84 012C   0433 P 20051107193834100 56 15 0534572-605343 39  +070 05
    14728 84 012C   0433 P 20051107193906100 56 15 0514146-521133 39  +075 05
    22638 93 026A   0433 P 20051107194034400 56 15 0529516-615412 39  +080 05
    22638 93 026A   0433 P 20051107194052300 56 15 0600394-621350 39  +075 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 P 20051107194423500 56 15 0148599-011441 39  +035 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 P 20051107194525000 56 15 0213491-033747 39  +038 05
    25725 99 023B   0433 P 20051107194658400 56 15 0247531-063003 39  +040 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 P 20051107195010400 56 15 1159459-765805 39  +080 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 P 20051107195117000 56 15 0806421-762120 39  +078 05
    14795 84 012F   0433 P 20051107195300600 56 15 0529373-522746 39  +070 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 P 20051107195733300 56 15 1123309-741110 39  +060 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 P 20051107195842400 56 15 1227373-843714 39  +055 05
    25991 99 067A   0433 P 20051107200010700 56 15 2213581-720359 39  +050 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 P 20051107200226500 56 15 2048359+072015 39  +053 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 P 20051107200254600 56 15 2050413+053522 39  +053 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 P 20051107200411400 56 15 2056281+002556 39  +050 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20051107201329500 56 15 0844521-535119 39  +075 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 P 20051107201423200 56 15 0800357-524458 39  +070 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 P 20051107202928300 56 15 0753015-602555 39  +050 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 P 20051107202942300 56 15 0734452-600215 39  +050 05
    28889 05 042B   0433 P 20051107202955100 56 15 0717227-592949 39  +049 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107210211800 56 15 1223091-773636 39  +065 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107210255300 56 15 1238056-831507 39  +061 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107210354200 56 15 2248295-863646 39  +056 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107210430000 56 15 2337306-790333 39  +052 05
    28888 05 042A   0433 P 20051107210516100 56 15 2346452-665319 39  +050 05
    05678 71 110A   0433 P 20051107211200600 56 15 0959150-695033 39  +080 05
    23051 96 024A   0433 P 20051107212127600 56 15 1017425-604349 39  +060 05
    23051 96 024A   0433 P 20051107212200900 56 15 0949435-615632 39  +058 05
    23051 96 024A   0433 P 20051107212229100 56 15 0920372-624148 39  +055 05
    23051 96 024A   0433 P 20051107212304900 56 15 0835358-625631 39  +051 05
    90039 05 689A   0433 P 20051107215215600 56 15 2307565-005422 39  +077 05
    90039 05 689A   0433 P 20051107215320900 56 15 2316441+011517 39  +078 05
    90039 05 689A   0433 P 20051107215438900 56 15 2326352+034021 39  +079 05
    90039 05 689A   0433 P 20051107215612400 56 15 2336523+062217 39  +080 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Despite heavy cirrus I managed to get most of my targets.
    
    (2) First two positions of USA 186 ( around 19h25mUT) done at elevation
        of about 9 degrees - satellite very faint so only use if desperate
        for positions. However they should be okay.
    
    (3) Still to report:
    
        First pass LACROSSE 5
        DMSP B5C-04
        DMSP B5D1-1
        90013
        90029
        90027
        KH9-19
        DMSP B5D2-8
        DMSP B5D1-4
        USA 89R
        USA 32
        DMSP F-16
        
        About a half dozen "strays" but nothing exciting. 
    
    (4) Nice to see 90039 again after not having been tracked for about
        2 months - now back in my evening sky. I am NOT an .am tracker!!
    
    (5) Once the bright moon disappears from the evening sky I will
        probably return to my usual 145mm lens for tracking. The 60mm lens
        is fine for bright objects where one wants a wide field of view
        but is hopeless for geostationary satellites.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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