90007/00-653A obs and correction

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 05 2000 - 01:06:12 PDT

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    Well, I had some more fun with the Clarke belt last night!  I'm not 
    yet sure how many of them I was able to see, in spite of the 
    moonlight and scattered clouds, with my handheld 10x50 binoculars.  
    I guess I saw about six to ten, including one pair (fainter one 
    leading brighter one) that I was able to follow for several minutes 
    from about RA 00:05-20, Dec -5)  For those who enjoy something a 
    little faster than grass growing, have a look!  Most of the time, 
    except when they're passing very near a star, I have to look at 
    them, look away, and look back to clearly see the change in 
    position.
    
    Correction regarding 90007/00-653A.  I almost forgot to look for it 
    but found it with a bright flash at 3:27:21 and was able to watch it 
    for about 11.5 minutes.  That was "too late" for it to be 12 minutes 
    earlier than last night when it peaked from 3:28 to 3:31.  So I went 
    to the SeeSat archive and found that it was running *five* minutes 
    earlier per night last summer.  My apologies for the mistake!  (I 
    think it was one of the TDF satellites that actually was 12 minutes 
    earlier per night.)  As to when to look, from what I can see in the 
    archive, including Geoff Chester's observations, it seems that on the 
    USA east coast it was flashing significantly later than here.
    
    00-653 A 00-10-05 03:38:51   EC  689.9 0.4  13 53.07  mag +4->inv asymm 2ndary
    
    Watched Superbird A from about 3:11:37 to 3:18:18, when I could no 
    longer see it.  From here it's still low in the east, which is 
    directly above south Austin, so I used my binoculars and in order to
    watch it continuously rested my elbows on the roof of a telescope 
    shed.
    
    The "Bird-Ruben" SL-08 Rk (26406) is a nice one-power flasher:
    00- 39 C 00-10-05 01:30:28   EC   85.0 0.4  30  2.83  
    
    This is 24799, a CZ-3A Rk that launched "DFH-3 2", observed with 
    binoculars, maxima about magnitude +4 I think:
    97- 21 B 00-10-05 01:36:08   EC   67.7 0.4  20  3.38  
    
    Observing location: 30.314N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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