flashing geosynchs and others, including PPAS

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Nov 09 2010 - 23:09:03 UTC

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    Thanks very much to Mike getting them in his telescope and 
    getting good positions and identifying them, two of my unid
    flashing geosynchs were Telstar 401 (99-77A, 22927) with a 
    flash period of 78.68 and B-Sat 1B (98-24B, 25312) with a 
    flash period of 77.48.  Both of them were first spotted 
    without binoculars.  Below are PPAS reports for those two 
    as well as MDS 1 Fairing 1 (02-03D, 28237) and Fleetsatcom 
    4 Rk (80-87B, 12069).
    
    98- 24 B 10-11-09 02:33:14   EC  774.8 0.1  10 77.48 +2.0->inv
    99- 77 A 10-11-09 02:07:04   EC  472.1 0.1   6 78.68 +2.0->inv
    02- 03 D 10-11-09 00:57:27   EC  155.3 0.1  18  8.63 +5.0->inv
    80- 87 B 10-11-09 00:42:01   EC  177.3 0.1   5 35.46 +2.0->inv
    
    As to how B-Sat 1B, a cylinder with a single flat 
    antenna, is capable of producing mag. +2 flashes, well, 
    that may be an interesting question.
    
    Now there are the other three flashing geosynchs that I
    saw without binoculars last night!  Unfortunately, two of
    them were single flashes.
    
    Looks like it may be cloudy here tonight.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
    
    
          
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