From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 20 2004 - 03:35:47 EDT

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    FWIW.  I was at the Ney Museum site: 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.  
    Conditions weren't very good (no clouds, but not very clear,
    lots of light pollution including the moonlight), but I was 
    scanning the -5 declination (3 hours early area) just in 
    case a geosat might be bright enough even at this late date.  
    A fairly rapid-moving west-to-east one appeared in the field 
    of view, and I tracked it for a number of seconds until it 
    apparently went into eclipse.  I'm not getting a match with
    Findsat, even allowing a lot of possible error.  Here's the 
    best position, using UTC on October 20 and 2000 coordinates:
    2:09:48.2, RA 22:31, Dec -6.5
    Before that, RA/Dec not quite as precise (more imprecise?):
    2:09:25.3, RA 22:17, Dec -7.5
    A few seconds before that it went between two stars which 
    put it at about RA 22:10, Dec -7.8.
    Awfully short arc.  It wasn't very bright, maybe +5.5.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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