Obs 28 Nov 2005 Part 1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Nov 29 2005 - 10:59:29 EST

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    Observations 28 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
    
    
    90037 05 638A   0433 G 20051128183527000 56 15 0411195+105444 39  +088
    05
    14139 83 060C   0433 G 20051128182630800 56 15 2321062+205512 39  +087
    05
    14139 83 060C   0433 G 20051128182850600 56 15 2243233-071021 39  +085
    05
    14139 83 060C   0433 G 20051128183040700 56 15 2151124-355458 39  +087
    05
    90008 00 838A   0433 G 20051128184156300 56 15 2316011-010147 39  +104
    05
    23862 96 029D   0433 G 20051128190527900 56 15 0347146+032404 39  +042
    05
    23908 96 029C   0433 G 20051128190527900 56 15 0345108+022922 39  +035
    05
    23936 96 029E   0433 G 20051128190538000 56 15 0348221+030618 39  +042
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128193904800 56 15 0800270-311308 39  +055
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128193911600 56 15 0756256-302209 39  +055
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128193921200 56 15 0750524-290715 39  +055
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128193929800 56 15 0745527-275614 39  +054
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128211530900 56 15 1713175-731502 39  +060
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128211619200 56 15 1921103-730638 39  +057
    05
    28888 05 042A   0433 G 20051128211719200 56 15 2146366-624950 39  +055
    05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20051128194143200 56 15 0211297+042147 39  +100
    05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20051128205916900 56 15 0329029+054753 39  +085
    05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20051128210529800 56 15 0335161+055443 39  +085
    05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20051128212718800 56 15 0357026+061919 39  +085
    05
    90034 05 592A   0433 G 20051128212822800 56 15 0358068+062020 39  +085
    05
    91043 03 828A   0433 G 20051128190540800 56 15 0344109+040722 39  +110
    05
    91043 03 828A   0433 G 20051128191059900 56 15 0349289+040948 30  +110
    05
    
    Another unknown ?
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    23305 94 064A   0433 G 20051128213416200 56 15 0613011+052004 39  +115
    05
    23305 94 064A   0433 G 20051128213515000 56 15 0613597+052037 39  +115
    05
    23305 94 064A   0433 G 20051128213719800 56 15 0616079+052137 39  +115
    05
    91046 05 342GEO 0433 G 20051128213416200 56 15 0613132+051950 39  +115
    05
    91046 05 342GEO 0433 G 20051128213515500 56 15 0614107+051919 39  +115
    05
    91046 05 342GEO 0433 G 20051128213719800 56 15 0616179+051850 39  +110
    05
    
    
    Notes:
    ------
    (1) Have I checked that the dates are correct ?  -- yes!  ( I seem to
    be
        prone to making mistakes with dates! - as witness yesterdays
    posting
        when I had May 24 instead of November 24. I have no idea how I
        managed this!! My apologies - guess its time I "retired".
    
    (2) More observations still to come, eg #90041, another two of #90008,
        #90039, #27938 (USA 171 rocket),#90036 and KH9-17 #13172, plus
    lots
        of others of little importance.
    
    (3) I attempted to make observations of the last two unknowns I
        discovered, #91043 and #91045. I am still trying to sort them out
        and until a few minutes ago I thought there was a possibility
        that #91045 was in fact #90034 as it should be in the same field
    of
        view on the 28th Nov and I only have one object there which I am
        now reasonably confident is #90034 and is reported as such.
    
        However on looking at my observations on 24 Nov I reported #90034
        at 21h54mUT and "found" #91045 about ten minutes later with a
        declination almost two degrees less than #90034 so I dont think I
        made a mistake. I will check the DVD recording of the 24th Nov
        tomorrow, so it looks like I have lost #91045 for the moment.
    
        I found an unknown geostationary close to where #91043 was
    predicted
        so hopefully this is the candidate. I still have another field to
        search for a later observation.
    
    
    (4) In trying to sort out the observations of 28 Nov of #91045 I found
        another unknown. It was very close to #23305  NSS703 ( an
    Intelsat)
        and appeared to be slowly moving past it. Both looked identical in
        terms of optical characteristics. I hope I have the items
    correctly
        labelled - ie the unknown is not reported as #23305 and vice
    versa.
    
    (5) "Recovered" 90008 which I had lost - used Mike McCants INT3
    program
        and bam ! - there in the centre of the field.
    
    (6) My thanks to Mike and Scott Campbell for search orbits for #91043
        and #91045.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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