Telstar 401 on Nov 12 and 15, and one that got away

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Nov 15 2005 - 04:35:01 EST

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    Below are my data for two evenings.  The last click on Nov. 15
    is 30 minutes earlier than three nights previously.  I got a 
    more complete observation on Nov. 15, including six flashes
    seen without binoculars in spite of the very bright moonlight.  
    Both were from the Ney Museum location.
    
    93-077A, 22927, Telstar 401 -- November 12, 2005 UTC
    Ck  Split.  Time UTC..  Mag.  Using
    02  ------  4:01:26.39  +2.0  Binoculars
    03   94.68  4:03:01.07  +1.0  1x (no binoculars)
    05   94.59  4:04:35.66  +1.0  1x
    06  283.84  4:09:19.50  +3.5  B (previous two not seen 1x, too faint)
    07   94.70  4:10:54.20  +4.0  B
    08  189.09  4:14:03.29  +5.0  B (previous not seen, maybe due to Moon glare)
    09  189.36  4:17:12.65  +6.5  B (next two not seen, too faint)
    
    93-077A, 22927, Telstar 401 -- November 15, 2005 UTC
    04  ------  3:24:54.50  +4.0  B
    05   94.40  3:26:28.90  +3.5  B
    06   94.77  3:28:03.67  +3.0  1x
    07   94.51  3:29:38.18  +1.0  1x
    08   94.36* 3:31:12.54* +1.0  1x
    09   94.46  3:32:47.00  +1.0  1x
    10   94.53  3:34:21.53  +2.0  1x
    11   94.71  3:35:56.24  +3.5  1x
    12   94.25  3:37:30.49  +4.0  B
    13   94.78  3:39:05.27  +5.0  B
    01   94.86# 3:40:40.15# +4.5  B (definitely brighter than previous one)
    02   94.56  3:42:14.71  +6.5  B
    03   94.50  3:43:49.21  +6.0  B (def. brighter than previous)
    04  189.28  3:46:58.49  +6.5  B (previous one not seen, too faint; next two
    not seen)
    
    * accidentally stopped watch on click 07; restarted at 3:31:00.00
    # stopped watch at 3:39:30.00; restarted at 3:40:00.00
    
    A few nights ago Yuri 3B (91-060A, 21668) was observed, low 
    in the west.
    
    One that got away:
    
    On Saturday evening Nov. 5 local time (Nov. 6 UTC), from the 
    Canyon of the Eagles dark-sky site, I saw a bright 1x geosynch 
    flash; told Mike, and he saw it too.  Its flash period was 
    just a fraction over 60 seconds.  It faded pretty rapidly.  It 
    was at about the location of ASC 1 (85-76C, 15994).  Mike 
    later found that Italsat 1 (21055, 91-003A) was at almost the 
    same position.  Since then, I haven't been able to see any 
    sign of either ASC 1 or Italsat 1 and wonder if it was an 
    unknown object or possibly the lost PAS 1 (24891, 97-040A).  
    I know Mike tried both ASC 1 and Italsat 1 with the telescope 
    at least one evening, without success.  So if you see one with 
    an almost exactly one-minute flash period, please report it!
    Oh, this one was seen at about RA 1:40, Dec -10 (2000) at 
    about 4:40 Nov 6 UTC.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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