Obs 07 Oct 2k2 Part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Wed Oct 09 2002 - 08:59:39 EDT

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    Observations made 07 Oct 2002 #2
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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(PART 2)
    
    
    23936 96 029E   0433 F 20021007173002200 17 15 1403310-683013 39 S+074 05
    23908 96 029C   0433 F 20021007173051400 17 15 1238550-760357 39 S+075 05
    23862 96 029D   0433 F 20021007173143400 17 15 0943250-793855 39 S+083 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 F 20021007174929400 17 15 1927090+031033 39 R+064 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 F 20021007175038900 17 15 1845240-240856 39 R+025 05
    07816 75 043A   0433 F 20021007175141900 17 15 1740200-490552 39 R+076 05
    23233 94 057A   0433 F 20021007180430600 17 15 2100050-693444 39 S+055 05
    23233 94 057A   0433 F 20021007180455000 17 15 2030510-604242 39 S+045 05
    23233 94 057A   0433 F 20021007180630400 17 15 1943200-162716 39 S+057 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 F 20021007182034800 17 15 0114280-502415 39 S+079 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 F 20021007182045900 17 15 0111010-464633 39 S+075 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 F 20021007182105900 17 15 0106110-401232 39 S+074 05
    14144 83 056D   0433 F 20021007182139500 17 15 0101000-292756 39 S+077 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183039700 17 15 2056340-260319 39 R+050 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183104800 17 15 2044130-135320 39 R+070 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183133500 17 15 2033470-024218 39 R+062 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183200600 17 15 2025250+063831 39 R+067 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183222700 17 15 2019370+130039 39 R+070 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 F 20021007183223400 17 15 2019290+131300 39 R+070 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) the 96-29 objects were "difficult" in the sense that the sky was still
        too bright. I normally start tracking with the sun 5 degrees below the
        horizon and depending where in the sky I am I can track the brighter
        satellites - however sometimes one is a bit short of reference stars as
        happened this pass so I only went for very closs misses or occultations.
    
    (2) I believe I have located the source of my "sticky" elevation drive. The
        tracking mount is an old MOONWATCH type mount for the so called Apogee
        telescope and these mounts date back to the mid 1940's. It looks like
        the grease used in the elevation worm drive is a little "hard" so this
        will be degreased and fresh grease put in. Some other changes will also
        be made to improve the systems balance - this is the "fun"of using
        homemade or modified equipment - there is always room for improvements!
    
    (3) Unpredicted satellites seen and identified:
    
          COSMOS 158          #02801  67045A  mag +6.8  steady
          OAO 1 Rocket        #02144  66031B      +3.5  steady
          COSMOS 1655 rocket  #15752  85041B      +5.9  variable
          HIMAWARI 1 rocket   #10144  77065B      +7.6  steady
    
        no unknowns observed.
    
    Cheers - be back next week with a fully functional mount ( I hope :-))))
    Greg
    
    
    
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