Geosat visible without magnification

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Thu Oct 07 2004 - 04:51:14 EDT

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    Congratulations to Kevin on finding the unknown geosat!
    Some hours ago before it got cloudy I was surprised to see
    an extra +3.5 star just north of beta Aquarii (Sadalsuud, 
    about RA 21:32, Dec -5.5 [2000]).  It remained that bright
    for a number of minutes, as the star moved on to the west.
    Before it got too faint, and before the clouds could cover
    it up, I got a very good position which matched very well
    with GE 3 (97-050A, 24936).  This was from the Ney Museum
    site, 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.  Conditions were not very 
    good, with a lot of light pollution as well as the clouds.  
    (Clouds and other things have prevented me observing for a 
    while.)  I was able to see two other geosats very easily 
    with 8x42, but due to clouds I wasn't able to get good 
    positions.  One was probably either Galaxy 11 or DBS 3.  
    One of them seemed to match pretty well with GOES 12 
    (01-031A, 26871).  It's actually past the peak of flaring
    geosat season for our latitude.
    Regarding 90019 being 03-790B, there actually was another
    one discovered the same day (Oct. 17, 2003).  It was 
    90018, 03-790A, a geosat, found by Rainer Kracht:
    Looks like it's fairly possible now that we're going to 
    get mild tropical weather here for a couple of days -- 
    more clouds.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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