Optical 15 Oct 2010

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Sat Oct 16 2010 - 11:29:44 UTC

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    Observations 15 Oct 2010:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    Used with:
    
    25mm f/1.4 lens + Meade DSI Pro II, exposures 3 seconds.
    Field of view  14.6 x 10.8 degrees.
    
    80mm f/2.8 lens + MINTRON video camera, exposures ~ 2 seconds
    Field of view  4.3 x 3.4 degrees.
    
    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:
    ======================
    OTV 1
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015172802200 56 15 1636113-482244 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015172822300 56 15 1805301-512538 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015172842200 56 15 1959474-510356 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015173002000 56 15 2355181-095049 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015173017700 56 15 0010368-052130 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015173039500 56 15 0027042-003040 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015173117600 56 15 0047160+052017 39
    36514 10 015A   0433 G 20101015173137800 56 15 0055257+073450 39
    NOSS 3-2R
    28096 03 054B   0433 G 20101015180232000 56 15 1310050-712828 39  +060 05
    28096 03 054B   0433 G 20101015180307000 56 15 1200320-740822 39  +040 05
    USA 81 variable
    21949 92 023A   0433 G 20101015180011000 56 15 0048152-723647 39  +070 05
    SBSS 1 R VARIABLE
    37169 10 048B   0433 G 20101015180947400 56 15 0220140-303958 39  +070 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 G 20101015181017300 56 15 0249121-402258 39  +075 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 G 20101015181053600 56 15 0334040-500427 39  +080 05
    37169 10 048B   0433 G 20101015181204800 56 15 0526469-602221 39  +080 05
    FIA RADAR
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015175528100 56 15 0127409-091437 39  +035 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015175638200 56 15 0122284-205237 39  +030 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015175741100 56 15 0118199-341316 39  +030 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015175843600 56 15 0115105-501046 39  +030 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015175940000 56 15 0114091-654010 39  +030 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015180041500 56 15 0125156-814611 39  +035 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015180140300 56 15 1219390-845019 39  +040 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015180229300 56 15 1240387-754801 39  +050 05
    37162 10 046A   0433 G 20101015180302100 56 15 1241561-702929 39  +050 05
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
    ===============
    TITAN 3C TRANSTAGE DEBRI
    01642 65 082D   0433 G 20101015175456200 56 15 0128247-070035 39  +060 05
    COSMOS 1726 STEADY
    16495 86 006A   0433 G 20101015180211000 56 15 1054360-774556 39  +038 05
    SL-14 R/B STEADY
    19211 88 050B   0433 G 20101015180211000 56 15 1101150-770459 39  +050 05
    CZ-2C R/B STEADY
    28222 04 012C   0433 G 20101015181136000 56 15 0452170-610423 39  +042 05
    SL-14 R/B STEADY
    16409 85 119B   0433 G 20101015175633000 56 15 0115140-252217 39  +045 05
    SL-14 R/B STEADY
    24731 97 006G   0433 G 20101015175826000 56 15 0137310-412009 39  +047 05
    SL-8 R/B  VARIABLE TO INVISIBILE, IRREGULAR ?
    27466 02 036C   0433 G 20101015183356800 56 15 2109275-082230 39  +060 05
    ATLAS CENTAUR R/B REG FLASHING , RANGE 8260 KMS
    12497 81 050B   0433 G 20101015183440600 56 15 2057169-075655 39  +060 05
    DELTA 2 R/B(1) STEADY
    25510 98 061C   0433 G 20101015185029000 56 15 2120190-062227 39  +033 05
    SL-8 R/B STEADY
    31798 07 030B   0433 G 20101015185630000 56 15 1947400-652650 39  +030 05
    31798 07 030B   0433 G 20101015185718000 56 15 1551220-761605 39  +030 05
    SL-16 R/B STEADY
    22803 93 059B   0433 G 20101015180402600 56 15 0151366-210739 39  +025 05
    THOR AGENA D R/B
    00727 64 001A   0433 G 20101015181532400 56 15 2041557-074208 39  +045 05
    CZ-4 DEB
    20877 90 081AM  0433 G 20101015182233200 56 15 2104480-093029 39  +070 05
    
    NOTES:
    -------------
    (1) OTV1 tracked in very bright twilight, satellite easy but reference
        stars far and few between.
    (2) Did not see  SBSS 1 - certainly did not arrive early but suckered by
        another satellite which came close to the predicted time, track angle,
        and appearance and was hijacked by it.
        If clear tonight will do a plane scan for SBSS 1.
    (3) SBSS 1 rocket about 17 seconds early.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
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