foton time correction

richard.keen@kingsmarket.com
Fri, 31 Oct 97 12:57:54

                                  
 Hi again - here's a replay of my message from yesterday, with
the CORRECT time of my observation (01:00:20, not 00:00:20).  We
just changed from funny time, and I got confused...
 I just saw a dramatic, nearly overhead pass of the soon-to-decay
Foton N11 Soyuz-U r = # 25007 = 97-60B this evening, Thursday. 
It was moving to the south at a rather brisk pace, with its
magnitude varying from 0 to 3 (with a long max and a brief min)
over a period of about 10 seconds.  It was overhead at 01:00:20
UT October 31, about 36 sec fast relative to Quicksat predictions
using Alan Pickup's SatEvo "9062" elset for 97304.01907389.
Here's the Quicksat output (I arbitrarily used an standard
magnitude of +1.0):
 Coal Creek Canyon, CO 2000 19.0  1 F T F T F
  39.8767  105.3910  8950.  Coal Creek Canyon, CO
 1997 Oct 31 Fri  UT  050 1239
 H  M  S Tim Al AziC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec Name
 1  0  6  .0 82 235C 269 -2.3   0 0   99  16  100 20 3 34.5 Foton
N11 rk
 Cheers, Rich Keen (back after 3 months off-line), in snow-buried
Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, USA (39.877N, 105.391W, elevation
2728m)