Re: possible unid geosat?

From: bk_hunter@sympatico.ca
Date: Mon Oct 11 2004 - 10:52:04 EDT

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    Ed,
    
    To confirm your observation.  I have been trying to figure out an 'extra' geosat in that area for some time.  I reported one east of Intelsat 705 (95013A, 23528) months ago and never figured it out.  Things got complicated by the fact that Intelsat 707 (96015A, 23816) was moved from farther east to replace Intelsat 706 (95023A, 23571) in the summer of 2004.  I then found a geosat 0.6 degrees east of 707 but did not report it.  I assume it is the same one you saw last night.  It is active because it has stayed in place with respect to 705 for at least six weeks.  It may also be the one that was a bit east of 705 a year or so ago.
    
    It did not seen it brighten in two observations last week as it neared eclipse.  It sounds as though it did last night.
    
    Confused?
    
    
    Brian
    
    44.2357N 76.5113W 110m
    
    > 
    > From: Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>
    > Date: 2004/10/11 Mon AM 05:42:44 EST
    > To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    > Subject: possible unid geosat?
    > 
    > 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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