Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Fri, 24 Oct 1997 23:08:10 +0100

Observing Program of the BWGS

The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300

New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent 

Send a message with Subject: archive get program/program.*
  to SeeSat-L-request@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
Send a message with Subject: archive get program/satoct97.txt
  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-04.obs
  to the same address for the latest update to PPAS 7, containing all 
  new PPAS-observations.
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-0?.obs 
  to the same address to receive all updates to PPAS 7

If you don't have the latest version of our archive of Photometric
Periods of Artificial Satellites (version 7), you can obtain it by :
 Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7.txt
  to SeeSat-L-request@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
  to get the introductory text about the PPAS7
 Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7.uue
  to SeeSat-L-request@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
  to get the uuencoded and zipped version of the ppas7-files.

Bart also let me know that the VSOHP pages have been updated :
You may now also browse PPAS 7 and the program.* files with
your favourite Net-browser (thanks Bart).

SATORAMA (=satoct97.txt, observations in PPAS7-04.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object

Top-priority objects :
87- 20 B !     17536/F2 Kosmos 1823, discovered by RO
87- 74 G !     18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: still accelerating !?
89- 86 B !     20306/Meteor 3-3 R/B,  flashing according to Leo Barhorst
91- 46 A !     21533/Gorizont 23 geosat with slowly decreasing period !
93- 15 B !     22564/Centaur UHF1: GTO, accelerating ?

636 observations received from 12 observers :

JHR:    Jay Respler,            Freehold, NJ,             USA
JVS:    Jan Vansteelandt        Leuven                    Belgium
KJ:     Kurt Jonckheere         Antwerpen                 Belgium
LB:     Leo Barhorst            Alkmaar                   The Netherlands
LS:     Lutz Schindler          Braunschweig		  Germany
PDV:    Patrick Devreese        Moen                      Belgium
RE:     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
RO:     Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout                  France
RS:     Robert Sheaffer         San Jose, CA              USA
TC:     Tristan Cools,          Brugge,                   Belgium
VAG:    Vince Gardiner,         Coffs Harbour,            Australia
WH:     Wim Holwerda,           Loon-op-Zand		  The Netherlands

Next deadline for sending in observations: November 17, 1997 to Kurt Jonckheere
Sanderusstraat 15, bus 3, B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de.  This is just a
small amount of additional work for you, but it makes life much easier
for me.

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
    Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)  51.2 N  2.9 E  4m ASL 
   (Old accelerations : http://uc2.unicall.be/kjonckheere/index.htm) 
    observations collector for the Belgian Working Group Satellites: 
Send your observations of flashing satellites, preferrably in the correct
     PPAS format to ppas@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de