OAO 2 Rk (03598) -- magnitude 1 or 0

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 03:15:24 -0500

When it appeared during my Monday evening observing time, OAO 2 Rk 
(03598, 68 110B) was up to 4 magnitudes brighter than predicted by 
Quicksat.  I presume it was a case of excellent sun-object-observer 
angle (as well as object orientation).  (I wonder how much the glare
of reflected moonlight added to its brightness? <grin>)

The prediction was for 9:03:28 local time on 22 Oct. (2:03:28 UT on 
23 Oct.); the 10 degrees twilight time was 7:35.  It was predicted 
to appear at Azi 274, Al 52, Dir 25, Mag. 4.2.  It was at least mag. 
1, possibly zero.  After some seconds, as it rose higher it dimmed 
down to around the predicted magnitude.

[All you old-timers, please pardon the newbie excitement.  (I've only
been doing this satellite thing for seven months now!)]

Ed Cannon
Austin, Texas, USA
30.33 N, 97.76 W