Optical 01 Oct 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Oct 02 2010 - 10:43:59 UTC

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    Observations 01 Oct 2010:
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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 80mm focal length f/2.8 lens, fov = 4.4 x 3.2 degrees.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    NOSS 6A
    14690 84 012A   0433 P 20101001172648100 56 15 1843497+020227 39  +070 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 P 20101001172835400 56 15 1921361-154448 39  +060 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 P 20101001172948200 56 15 1956250-291611 39  +055 05
    14690 84 012A   0433 P 20101001173058900 56 15 2041132-414924 39  +050 05
    USA 179
    28384 04 034A   0433 P 20101001173514700 56 15 1756555+212325 39
    28384 04 034A   0433 P 20101001173608400 56 15 1805218+212342 39
    28384 04 034A   0433 P 20101001174904600 56 15 1905401+355311 39
    NOSS 6F
    14795 84 012F   0433 P 20101001175335300 56 15 0009043-420514 39
    OTV1
    36514 10 015A   0433 P 20101001182332900 56 15 1846351+322520 39  +035 05
    36514 10 015A   0433 P 20101001182344100 56 15 1902018+314202 39  +035 05
    SBBS 1R
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183800000 56 15 2341001-702928 39  +060 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183818800 56 15 0035259-782114 39  +040 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183839400 56 15 0306521-832243 39  +045 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183858800 56 15 0623341-825052 39  +035 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183917800 56 15 0755349-794109 39  +045 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 P 20101001183959800 56 15 0858022-724527 39  +065 05
    FIA RADAR
    37162 10 046A   0433 P 20101001184149600 56 15 1531587-075440 39  +065 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 P 20101001184204500 56 15 1524595-092143 39  +070 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    SL-8 R/B
    28421 04 037C   0433 P 20101001175728900 56 15 0127150-475134 39
    GENESIS 2  steady
    31789 07 028A   0433 P 20101001180937000 56 15 1327207-551531 39  +065 05
    IRIDIUM 83 variable
    25531 98 066E   0433 P 20101001181158300 56 15 1329520-531819 39  +070 05
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Very poor conditions - much cirrus/cloud but continual poor weather
        forces one to "desperate" measures :-)))
    
    (2) Some magnitudes not given - some satellites very faint probably due
        to conditions
    
    (3) NOSS 6A appears to now be variable with a period around 1-2 seconds-
        first time Ive seen this with a NOSS object.
    
    (4) SBBS1 not seen -2 to + 1 minutes -- did look longer but this was the
        only period when predicted area reasonably clear. Looks like Ill have
        to go to a wider field lens which means reduced magnitude capability.
    
    (5) Good track on SBBS 1 R - short period complex magnitude variation,
        ranging from about mag +6.5 to about mag +3.5
    
    (6) OTV1 does not appear to have done any major orbit change since last
        observed in the northern hemisphere.
    
    (7) FIA Radar rather fainter than expected - MAY be due to cirrus though.
        Eventually lost it when it faded out. Have not seen this nehaviour
        before but may be conditions.
    
    (8) Using a new program to process my video MINTRON observations. As the
        DVD recorder controller is playing up, despite taking it apart and
        cleaning the pads inside, I now FINALIZE my DVD so it can be played
        on the PC ( it becomes a *.VOB file). Using VLC media player V1.1.4
        one can manipulate the display- contrast/brightness/sharpness/gamma
        deinterlace/etc and also vary the playback speed over a large range
        - I find it gives a better display than VIRTUALDUB. Give this program
        a try- its freeware/open source and see if your videos can play in
        it - I like it and I was able to use it without reading the manual:-))
        It does play AVIs and Im sure many other video formats.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
    
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