Optical 11 Nov 2006

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sun Nov 12 2006 - 07:59:58 EST

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    Observations 11 Nov 2006:
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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
    
    
    For CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111180539700 56 15 2000253+053411 39  +090 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111180848200 56 15 2020151+024340 39  +090 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111181200900 56 15 2038512+000419 39  +085 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111181740600 56 15 2108303-040036 39  +080 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111182313400 56 15 2134074-072057 39  +080 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 F 20061111183027700 56 15 2203548-105448 39  +080 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111193017600 56 15 2049027-253642 39  +070 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111193320000 56 15 2207241-101508 39  +060 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111193637400 56 15 2254262+014243 39  +070 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111194051100 56 15 2329117+113021 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111194548200 56 15 2353582+185024 39  +080 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 F 20061111194754200 56 15 0001444+211155 39  +085 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 F 20061111195213100 56 15 1122158-715533 39  +040 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 F 20061111195314200 56 15 0833076-710126 39  +030 05
    21147 91 017A   0433 F 20061111195417300 56 15 0623079-575818 39  +030 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 F 20061111195945500 56 15 0027122+051943 39  +100 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 F 20061111200451900 56 15 0033041+063658 39  +095 05
    90060 06 640A   0433 F 20061111200720500 56 15 0036036+071628 39  +105 05
    10529 77 112D   0433 F 20061111202727500 56 15 2048284-050815 39  +075 05
    10529 77 112D   0433 F 20061111202733100 56 15 2051522-040220 39  +075 05
    11852 80 052C   0433 F 20061111205948400 56 15 1947329-214003 39  +115 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20061111214036700 56 15 0623338+031404 39  +080 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20061111214248900 56 15 0642100-013621 39  +075 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20061111214558000 56 15 0714030-090924 39  +075 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20061111214931200 56 15 0759277-180747 39  +080 05
    
    Unknown found last report:
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    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111203540000 56 15 2059001-044648 39  +115 05
    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111203801000 56 15 2101232-044625 39  +105 05
    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111203938800 56 15 2103046-044714 39  +093 05
    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111204829000 56 15 2112023-044746 39  +085 05
    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111210435000 56 15 2128254-044727 39  +100 05
    91085 06 812A   0433 F 20061111212007500 56 15 2144115-044331 39  +120 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
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    SL-8 R/B
    23604 95 032B   0433 F 20061111181838900 56 15 2110206-044351 39  +075 05
    SL-8 R/B
    13769 83 002J   0433 F 20061111183352600 56 15 2257189+054451 39  +085 05
    SL-14 R/B
    15100 84 072B   0433 F 20061111190741900 56 15 1928242-040739 39  +085 05
    SZ-6 module
    28883 05 040E   0433 F 20061111190904000 56 15 1925030-034352 39  +055 05
    Leasat 3 PKM
    16229 85 028E   0433 F 20061111194051100 56 15 2328074+115445 39  +080 05
    Diapason (D1-A)
    02016 66 013A   0433 F 20061111193110200 56 15 2119588-200215 39  +080 05
    Eutelsat W2 geostationary
    25491 98 056A   0433 F 20061111200051400 56 15 0026254+052556 39  +110 05
    25491 98 056A   0433 F 20061111212517700 56 15 0151008+052825 39  +090 05
    Sicral1 geostationary
    26694 01 005A   0433 F 20061111200051400 56 15 0029031+051536 39  +115 05
    26694 01 005A   0433 F 20061111212517700 56 15 0153429+051713 39  +095 05
    SL-8 R/B
    04800 70 108B   0433 F 20061111202356900 56 15 2044269-052139 39  +070 05
    Cosmos 1386
    13353 82 069A   0433 F 20061111202553500 56 15 2043577-045714 39  +075 05
    Orbcom FM7
    25119 97 084H   0433 F 20061111202751100 56 15 2046473-052800 39  +095 05
    Orbcom FM3
    25158 98 007B   0433 F 20061111203901200 56 15 2103408-045256 39  +095 05
    Globalstar M058
    25907 99 049A   0433 F 20061111211418100 56 15 0828035-602706 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Main purpose of tracking session was:
    
         #90058  - low perigee object
    
         #90028 - so as to get orbital period as a result of orbit change
    
         Check if geostationary Italian military communications satellite
         SICRAL1 still at its normal location - confirmed that it had not
         moved.
    
         Get optical characteristics of unknown geostationary #91085 found
         last time - looks like a DSP satellite.
    
         Observe #90020 -routine check.
    
    (2)  #11852 KH9-16 elint tracked at 14 degree elevation - faint!
    
    (3)  Prior to 20h35m40sUT object #91085 was invisible, even with a long
         integration. At 20h35m40sUT started flashing then got brighter till
         about maximum brightness of mag +8.5 . It then faded and stopped
         flashing at about 21h20m30s UT when it became fainter than about
         magnitude +13.
    
    (4)  Bright magnitude -3 object reported last report could not possibly
         be a satellite - now suspect it was a slowish moving meteor.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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