Possible Falcon 9 rocket and Cassiope Obs plus brilliant double flare

From: ronlee@pcisys.net
Date: Mon Oct 07 2013 - 03:58:49 UTC

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    While setting up for the Falcon 9 payload pass in Pegasus, I looked north
    and saw two very bright objects in Cassiopeia.  They obviously did not
    belong there and at first there was no obvious motion.  I looked at them
    using binoculars and sure enough they were moving northward.  This was
    around 2:10 UT on 7 Oct 2013.
    
    I did not pay attention to the separation but will guess roughly one to
    two degrees.  What was amazing is that they stayed bright for much longer
    than an Iridium flare and I certainly did not observe the entire flare. 
    They did remain naked eye bright for longer than an Iridium flare.
    
    Magnitude estimate is rough but -2 or better is likely.
    
    After that treat, I continue to let my eyes dark adapt, verify my target
    stars and that the stop watch was working.
    
    The first object to pass may have been the rocket.  I did not have a time
    or track prediction for it.  That object passed near RA 23 hours 21
    minutes, declination +23 degrees 45 minutes at 2:24:00 UT (HH:MM:SS) on 7
    Oct 2013.  That was a short angular separation east of the payload path
    but easily seen in my 7x50 binoculars.
    Magnitude around 2 and steady.
    
    Basically on time and track was one faint object around 8th magnitude.  At
    2:27:28 UT on 7 Oct 2013, it was near
    RA 23 hours 15 minutes and declination +25 degrees 50 minutes.
    
    Positions may have several minutes of error in them as estimated using my
    Uranometria 2000 atlas.  Magnitudes also estimated from that atlas.
    
    Observation coordinates Falcon, CO, 104.5614 W, 38.9478 N, 2073 meters
    elevation  (MDT or UT-6)
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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