Obs 22 Nov 2005 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 09:12:26 EST

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    Observations 22 Nov 2005: (Part 1)
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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 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 96 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 1.92 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    
    
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20051122220700000 56 15 1534303-732330 39  +060 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20051122220816700 56 15 1818138-803736 39  +055 05
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20051122220945000 56 15 2330403-695545 39  +050 05
    90035 05 625A   0433 G 20051122223710200 56 15 0705067+051814 39  +120 05
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20051122224546800 56 15 0301156+072046 39  +086 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 G 20051122224902300 56 15 0605029+130742 39  +080 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051122232557000 56 15 1531339-710200 39  +066 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051122232707200 56 15 1332560-764735 39  +055 05
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20051122232821700 56 15 0921044-722828 39  +045 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051122234602100 56 15 1503460-680250 39  +070 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051122234608800 56 15 1457484-683616 39  +068 05
    26934 01 044A   0433 G 20051122234612900 56 15 1456187-692628 39  +065 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 G 20051123000947800 56 15 0137104+030332 39  +110 05
    90030 05 544A   0433 G 20051123001459000 56 15 0142090+031112 39  +110 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051122180518100 56 15 0445519-381304 39  +065 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051122180621400 56 15 0522038-400251 39  +064 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 G 20051122180745700 56 15 0609026-410705 39  +064 05
    28647 05 016B   0433 G 20051122180449400 56 15 0450270-385136 39  +015 05
    90037 05 638A   0433 G 20051122181741800 56 15 0331044+081631 39  +095 05
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20051122183236900 56 15 0033557-711442 39  +070 05
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20051122183338700 56 15 0119462-503853 39  +069 05
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20051122183457700 56 15 0144159-204617 39  +068 05
    90002 98 789A   0433 G 20051122215521800 56 15 2329593+110325 39  +116 05
    90002 98 789A   0433 G 20051122220006900 56 15 2335430+104453 39  +116 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) I only attempted to observe objects that had not been seen for some
        time or were only currently visible from the southern hemisphere.
    
    (2) USA161 - 01044A running about 3 minutes late on elements more than
        two months old.
    
    (3) #90037 observed after a long spell of no observations - had to do it
        early in the evening as it decreases elevation as the night progresses
        and disappears behind local buildings towards the east.
    
    (4) #90027 - maybe last observation from this station for a while as now
        passing over in very strong evening twilight.
    
    (5) #90002 - carried out a search for it very low in west and suspect
        found - last observed May 2005. Variable in brightness.
    
    (6) Still to report:
    
        Noss 3-3(a) and Noss 3-3(c)
        #90041
        KH9-17 #13172
        USA 40 r #20344
        Noss 0(e) #05682
        USA 171 Rkt
        USA 186 #28888 - two good passes
        #90039
        #90038
        Lacrosse 5 #28646
        #90033
        lots of strays
    
    (7) USA 186 rocket not seen - barely cleared my house roof so possibly
        running late enough to pass outside field of view and no second
        chance to try a slightly different position.
    
    (8) USA129 #24680 - pass far too low-looks like visibility finished here.
    
    (9) IGS 1B not seen - again barely clears my house roof before shadow
        entry
    
    (10) Despite a large area search for #90016 I did not see it so it
         remains lost for the moment. Looks like time for another Clarke
         belt survey.
    
    (11) USA 116 #23728 not seen - max elevation only about 11 degrees so
         was either too faint or passed outside field of view.
    
    (12) #90008 not seen.
    
    (13) #90026 not seen.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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