Optical 19 Oct 2006 all

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2006 - 08:55:47 EDT

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    Observations 19 Oct 2006:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 50mm focal length f/1.8 lens,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 2.56 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    90027 04 841A   0433 P 20061019173802800 56 15 2241210-045200 39  +075 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 P 20061019174012700 56 15 2317020-133213 39  +070 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 P 20061019174126200 56 15 2342420-190246 39  +068 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 P 20061019174222300 56 15 0005510-231912 39  +060 05
    90027 04 841A   0433 P 20061019174358600 56 15 0052400-302350 39  +065 05
    20691 90 050C   0433 P 20061019173713600 56 15 2244540-031821 39  +050 05
    20692 90 050D   0433 P 20061019173714900 56 15 2238220-030631 39  +050 05
    20642 90 050E   0433 P 20061019173718200 56 15 2237330-031940 39  +050 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 P 20061019175900300 56 15 2129180-110057 39  +105 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 P 20061019180909500 56 15 2146530-081904 39  +100 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 P 20061019182325200 56 15 2217470-030838 39  +095 05
    90040 05 683A   0433 P 20061019183426000 56 15 2249270+022941 39  +085 05
    21798 91 082A   0433 P 20061019181759000 56 15 1547320-332403 39  +065 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061019205411400 56 15 2132400+033845 39  +080 05
    90058 06 668A   0433 P 20061019205949500 56 15 2146340+013502 39  +085 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 P 20061019210859100 56 15 1810550-405243 39  +075 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 P 20061019211229200 56 15 2053030-280909 39  +070 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 P 20061019211547600 57 15 2222060-110221 39  +060 05
    90028 04 846A   0433 P 20061019211918400 57 15 2311520+015026 39  +070 05
    
    
    Strays seen:
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    Cosmos 724
    07727 75 025A   0433 P 20061019174358600 57 15 0046520-324714 39  +040 05
    Cosmos 985
    10599 78 007A   0433 P 20061019180529000 57 15 2147480-092027 39  +065 05
    Cosmos 2339 variable
    24727 97 006C   0433 P 20061019182141500 57 15 2217480-042842 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 2378
    26818 01 023A   0433 P 20061019182614100 57 15 2222500-011211 39  +065 05
    Cosmos 2408
    28419 04 037A   0433 P 20061019182602500 57 15 2238120-011010 39  +080 05
    UFO 10 Cent rocket range 11000 kms,variable
    25968 99 063B   0433 P 20061019182909300 57 15 2235100+005524 39  +075 05
    Noaa 3 Delta debri  variable
    07028 73 086U   0433 P 20061019183504900 57 15 2300440+025507 39  +080 05
    Cosmos 2221 rocket
    22237 92 080B   0433 P 20061019185437900 57 15 1545270-514632 39  +060 05
    Iridium 34
    24969 97 056E   0433 P 20061019192158800 57 15 1913000+022429 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Poor night - poor transparency, high humidity, much cloud
    
    (2) Possibly last time Ill see #90027 this cycle of visibility as
        now moving into daylight.
    
    (3) #90028 recovered thanks to radio observations by Ivan and the
        orbit derived from that by Scott. Satellite was about 20 seconds
        late.
    
    HEAVENSAT:
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    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
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