Two geosats without magnification

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Oct 07 2002 - 05:39:43 EDT

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    Last night (a repeat performance for the third night in a 
    row, I believe) GE 1 (24315, 96-054A) was about +4.0 
    (brighter than 3 AQR (+4.4, RA 20:47:42.6, Dec -5.02, 2000), 
    faintly visible without binoculars for several minutes.
    Even brighter was Intelsat 709 (23915, 96-035A), which for a 
    few minutes was brighter than +3.6 iota Ceti (RA 00:19:26.6, 
    Dec -8.82, 2000).
    BCRC observing site:  30.315N, 97.866W, 280m
    We were clouded out early last night.
    Regarding the previous night I wrote:
    >one of these two close ones:
    >20872, 90-091A, SBS 6, or 
    >20873, 90-091B, Galaxy 6
    Mike reminded me that SBS 6 was the brighter one of those two
    (by a lot).
    Regarding the fast flasher, Cosmos 2157 Rk (21734, 91-068G, a
    SL-14 R/B), last night Mike observed it with his 200mm scope 
    and got a 2-second or 4-second flash period, depending on 
    interpretation.  So it may not qualify for Dan's list of the 
    fastest ones.  I don't know what the date was on the 1-second 
    notation that I had on my magnitude file.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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