possible unid geosat?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Oct 11 2004 - 05:42:44 EDT

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    The evening was about as nice as it gets at BCRC.  With 8x42 
    binoculars I saw two objects about one degree apart at the 
    same time, fairly low in the east.  Times are UTC; coordinates 
    are 1950.
    2004-10-11 02:51:56 RA 1:01 Dec -5.0 --> 23816 96-015A Intelsat 707 
    2004-10-11 02:53:17 RA 1:07 Dec -5.0 --> no candidate
    BCRC location: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    I used Findsat with the geo.tle, mccants.tle, and eccen.tle 
    files.  I hope to get another chance Monday evening (tonight) 
    to try to see it again, if possible!
    On two evenings now I've been able to see Kevin's geosat with 
    8x42.  On both occasions I got it very near, just above (west
    of) the same star at about (roughly) 0:28, -3.5 (1950).
    2004-10-10 03:28:17
    2004-10-11 03:24:17
    PAS 1R (26608, 00-072A) was still visible at 1x but probably 
    only +3.5, not quite as bright as the previous two evenings.
    The poor flashing geosynchs are feeling neglected, although I
    have seen the DSP USA 39 (20066, 89-046A) with 8x42 the last 
    two nights, as always very close to 04:00 UTC.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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