Obs 07 Oct 2k2 #1

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Tue Oct 08 2002 - 10:04:13 EDT

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    Observations made 07 Oct 2002 #1
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    CoSaTrak 1, 85mm f/1.6 lens with 0.003 lux CCD surveillance camera.
    Conditions - fair.
    
    Cospar Site #0433  Long 18.5129 E, Lat 33.9406 S, altitude 10 metres
    
    After a long period of cloudy weather/cirrus it finally cleared on
    an evening I was able to track, so here are the burnt offerings:
    
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20021007184633300 17 15 0259020-505312 39 I+065 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20021007184637300 17 15 0254280-502814 39 I+067 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20021007184638700 17 15 0252530-501854 39 I+067 05
    24753 97 012A   0433 F 20021007184700100 17 15 0228110-473812 39 I+068 05
    26906 01 040B   0433 F 20021007190416600 17 15 0411550-460008 39 I+060 05
    26906 01 040B   0433 F 20021007190433800 17 15 0403590-433549 39 I+055 05
    13791 83 008A   0433 F 20021007193720300 17 15 1929380-001911 39  +071 05
    13791 83 008A   0433 F 20021007193819800 17 15 1940330-094050 39  +068 05
    13791 83 008A   0433 F 20021007193944200 17 15 2000110-265904 39  +075 05
    26907 01 040C   0433 F 20021007190938600 17 15 0433510-462831 39  +060 05
    26907 01 040C   0433 F 20021007190947900 17 15 0430030-451837 39  +060 05
    26907 01 040C   0433 F 20021007190953500 17 15 0427471-443657 39  +060 05
    26905 01 040A   0433 F 20021007190938600 17 15 0437210-471130 39  +060 05
    26905 01 040A   0433 F 20021007190947900 17 15 0433230-460310 39  +060 05
    26905 01 040A   0433 F 20021007190953500 17 15 0431050-452051 39  +060 05
    08884 73 038J   0433 F 20021007192521400 17 15 1934210-543205 39  +082 05
    08884 73 038J   0433 F 20021007192558800 17 15 2035260-445413 39  +086 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 F 20021007195247400 17 15 0602430-565635 39 I+080 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 F 20021007195354200 17 15 0551390-523944 39 I+082 05
    25744 99 028A   0433 F 20021007195524100 17 15 0541290-465829 39 I+080 05
    
    Comments:
    
    (1) A rather hectic tracking session. Shortly before I was due to start I
        discovered that my time standard was obviously incorrect - I then
        recalled we had had a power dip a few days earlier and the clock must
        have stopped. Fortunately was able to get clock back on time to within
        a few milliseconds. I should try and devise a standby power system as
        power failures in this part of the world are not rare events!
    
    (2) Shortly after starting it became obvious that the elevation drive was
        rather erratic and "sticking". I was not able to fix this up during
        the tracking session despite covering the elevation gears etc in oil
        so most of the tracking had to be done using the computer keyboard
        arrow keys for elevation control. This problem will have to be fixed
        before my next session.
    
    (3) Satellites predicted and observed and still to be reported are:
        DMSP B5D2-7
        Noss 5 (D)
        DMSP B5D2-6
        Noss 2-3 triplet
        DMSP B5C-04
    
    (4) I also have about half a dozen "unknowns" ( ie seen but not
        predicted ) still to identify
    
    Cheers- now where did I put my headache powders?
    Greg
    
    
    
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