Optical 15/16 Nov 2006

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Thu Nov 16 2006 - 08:56:25 EST

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    Observations 015/16 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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    90033 05 558A   0433 P 20061115200709800 56 15 0014152+022412 39  +090 05
    90016 03 766A   0433 P 20061115201451300 56 15 2331100+023641 39  +090 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 P 20061115201625300 56 15 0354440-423402 39  +090 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 P 20061115201801200 56 15 0357320-414307 39  +090 05
    28385 04 034B   0433 P 20061115202035400 56 15 0401466-402139 39  +090 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 P 20061115203815900 56 15 1624054-714231 39  +050 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 P 20061115203906300 56 15 1459410-815315 39  +045 05
    25017 97 064A   0433 P 20061115203937000 56 15 0954383-843235 39  +040 05
    90068 06 812A   0433 P 20061115204120400 56 15 2120390-044832 39  +105 05
    90068 06 812A   0433 P 20061115204500400 56 15 2124235-044824 39  +090 05
    90054 95 586A   0433 P 20061115210231800 56 15 2230239+013524 39  +090 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 P 20061115212549200 56 15 0546272+123423 39  +100 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 P 20061115212704100 56 15 0553588+102421 39  +105 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 P 20061115213015600 56 15 0615561+041647 39  +095 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 P 20061115213424200 56 15 0652191-050705 39  +100 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 P 20061115213758500 56 15 0733360-141420 39  +105 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20061115213937100 56 15 1241112-785625 39  +040 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20061115214007400 56 15 1156406-732222 39  +045 05
    28646 05 016A   0433 P 20061115214026800 56 15 1143343-700614 39  +050 05
    90034 05 592A   0433 P 20061115222342700 56 15 0401362+062208 39  +100 05
    90013 03 564A   0433 P 20061115231751400 56 15 0606088+131442 39  +085 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20061115235727900 56 15 0823296-065522 39  +080 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20061115235750700 56 15 0827528-080546 39  +080 05
    90065 06 629B   0433 P 20061115235821100 56 15 0834000-094127 39  +085 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061115232014700 56 15 2250285-170124 39  +099 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061115235958500 56 15 0024575-195006 39  +097 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061116000135600 56 15 0028389-195016 39  +088 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061116000318300 56 15 0032277-194941 39  +095 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 P 20061116001418400 56 15 0237089-033045 39  +068 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 P 20061116001907900 56 15 0249573-165717 39  +060 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 P 20061116002323700 56 15 0308002-352500 39  +060 05
    90046 05 864A   0433 P 20061116002644800 56 15 0338155-560709 39  +060 05
    
    
    
    Strays seen:
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    Iridium 80
    25469 98 051C   0433 P 20061115195359300 56 15 0626292-524230 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 2271
    23002 94 011D   0433 P 20061115195402900 56 15 0628302-532229 39  +100 05
    Thorad delta 1
    08398 74 089CA  0433 P 20061115200410200 56 15 0011514+021707 39  +070 05
    Intelsat 702 geostationary
    23124 94 034A   0433 P 20061115201051800 56 15 0347538+051825 39  +095 05
    Insat 3E - geostationary - a bit off track?
    27951 03 043E   0433 P 20061115201051800 56 15 0348438+052033 39  +090 05
    Raduga 29 geostationary - trails during exposure
    22557 93 013A   0433 P 20061115222342700 56 15 0400136+055928 39  +110 05
    Eurobird geostationary
    26719 01 011A   0433 P 20061115222342700 56 15 0402246+053146 39  +085 05
    XTAR-EUR geostationary
    28542 05 005A   0433 P 20061115222342700 56 15 0404328+052722 39  +095 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) A session which caused my blood pressure to rise on more than one
        occassion - heavy bands of cirrus plus computer problems resulted in
        some satellites that should have been seen, being missed. Solved by
        rebooting the computer.
    
    (2) #90065 a very difficult object - irregular flashes to about +8 mag
        and invisible rest of time. Mike says its a piece of mylar plastic
        and I agree - just tumbling along in space and being pushed around
        by solar radiation - will be an easy object to loose...
    
    (3) #90046 running about 2min 5 seconds late ( depending on which
        program you look at:-))
    
    (4) #90068 started flashing at 20h31m UT approximately - invisable prior
        to this.
    
    (5) Not seen due to problems - #90028 ( too late),#90062, #90061,
        #90050,#90029, #90054,#90055, KH9-18 elint -- lost for the moment,
        #90035,#90033, USA 184 ( camera pointing incorrectly),#90025,
        USA 161 ( camera pointing incorrectly)
    
    (6) Finally abandoned session due to cirrus far too thick.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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