Obs 971018

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Sat, 18 Oct 1997 22:33:00 +0200

Before the fog came, I could do some observations.
In between I've seen all the Iridiums of the 97- 34 launch. A and C 
showed 
a 'flare' to mag 3 and mag 1. The others were S 5 (B), S 6 (E) and var 
5->6
(D). Didn't see the rocket.

When starting observing I looked for 97- 17 B. Suddenly I saw a bright 
star
under Cassiopea and moving to the east as it grew brighter to about mag 
1 for
about 5 seconds. Using the newest Iridiumfile from Alan Pickup I could 
not
identify it as an Iridium. The only Iridium at that time (17:26:57.3 UT) 
was 
97- 30 F, but that sat was in a different part of the sky.

80- 87 B 97-10-18 19:01:10   LB  127.4 0.2  16  7.96  Ff, mag 5(6)->inv
81- 50 B 97-10-18 17:33:41   LB   38.0 0.5  10  3.80  AA, mag 4->inv
86- 19BJ 97-10-18 18:17:04   LB   77.9 0.2  30  2.60  FF, mag 4->inv
91- 19 B 97-10-18 19:08:35   LB   72.3 0.5   1 72.3   AA, mag 3->inv
91- 59 B 97-10-18 18:40:21   LB   71.2 0.5   1 71.2   AA, mag 4->inv
92- 30 J 97-10-18 19:20:04   LB  138.4 0.5   5 27.7   AA, mag 4->inv
92- 73 B 97-10-18 18:29      LB                       S, mag 6
97- 17 B 97-10-18 19:14:06   LB  131.2 0.2  45  2.916 AA, mag 3->inv
97- 47 A 97-10-18 18:12      LB                       S, mag 7

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Greetings and clear skies
Leo Barhorst       Alkmaar    The Netherlands
52.65 North        4.47 East  3 m ASL
Every day I wonder about what I see in the sky