Re: Bright geosynchs

Date: Tue Oct 03 2000 - 14:51:10 PDT

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    Hi all.
    Thanks to Ed Cannon for pointing out that it was once again the season for
    flaring geos.
    Last evenings low clouds and a marine layer made observation conditions
    less than optimal, but I wanted to see if I could find a few of these
    before the season had passed.  Between 05:50 and 05:53 UTC I was able to
    see Galaxy 4R (00020A, 26298) brighten to mag 6.  Slightly to the west, I
    also found what I believe to have been DBS 2 (94047A, 23192) and DBS 3
    (95029A, 23598) between 05:54 and 05:57 UTC.  The DBS satellites were
    difficult targets for 10x50s, and were around mag 7.
    Best and clear, dark skies.
    Steve LaLumondiere
    Observing location:  33.820, -118.316
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