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jay.respler@genie.geis.com
Mon, 4 Sep 95 02:00:00 UTC

recent obs
After having no observing for much of the summer with hazy, hot and humid
weather, this area of NE USA is now having the driest weather since 1869.
There have been some very nice observing nights which I have been taking
advantage of.  I'm often up till 3 or 4 am during the week, and till dawn
on weekends. No moon also in helpful.
 
Concentrating on fainter objects like synchronous sats and faint LEO sats,
within the last week, I went over the 100 mark in synchronous sats seen.
I'm up to about 108 now.
 
I set a personal distance record, seeing C2172, 21789, at a range of 25078
miles, at an elevation of only 12 degrees.  I wasn't sure I could
see sync sats at such a low elevation.  Mag. 11.6.
 
I followed an unprecedented 4! sats in the same telescope eyepiece field.
 
  ***  95 AUG 23/24   WED EVENING/ THU MORNING  *** TIMES ARE EDT ***
 
NCAT 21227 ASC-2         MAG 3.5 ELAP DY  9 M2   -1
HRS MIN  ALT AZI  MAG    HGT    R  A    DEC  RANGE
 a2  20   36 218 11.6  22245  21 28.3  -6.3  23677
 
NCAT 23553 _9519  A       MAG 3.5 ELAP DY 10 M2   -1  Trailed 21227 by 20 sec
HRS MIN  ALT AZI  MAG    HGT    R  A    DEC  RANGE
 a2  20   36 218 11.6  22250  21 28.6  -6.4  23683  MG 11 +
 
NCAT 23192  _9447A        MAG 3.5 ELAP DY 10 M2   -1  Trailed 23553 by 30 sec
HRS MIN  ALT AZI  MAG    HGT    R  A    DEC  RANGE
 a2  20   36 218 11.6  22249  21 29.3  -6.4  23678
 
NCAT 22796   ACTS m11     MAG 3.5 ELAP DY 14 M2   -1  Trailed 23192 by 69 sec
HRS MIN  ALT AZI  MAG    HGT    R  A    DEC  RANGE
  2  20   37 217 11.6  22250  21 32.9  -6.4  23655
 
Quite a sight seeing them gliding quietly along together.
 
 
I would like to know how many synchronous sats you all have seen.
 
What is your distance record?
 
Has anyone else tracked 4 sats in 1 eyepiece?
(Not counting something crossing a NOSS trio in binoculars)
 
 
For 'flashers', this was taking several seconds to go from invisible to
mag  11.5.
 19090  EKRAN 18      MAG 3.5 ELAP DY 18 M2    0
  1  20   37 175 11.7  23176  22 46.2 -12.8  24556
 
Is this the correct format for ppas?
 
88  36 A 95-08-24 05:20      JHR                      mag 11.5->invis. sev.sec
 
Also: DSCS II 02  #5588
71  95 B 95-08-29 05:20      JHR                      irr sev.sec, mag13.2-inv
 
Electron Rk.  #751
64   6 D 95-08-29 05:44      JHR       0.5      2     mag 9.1->13
 
78  44 A 95-08-31 06:55      JHR       1.      40     mag ~12->14
 
Aussat 1.  15993
84  76 B 95-08-20 05:35      JHR    fl irr 2-12 sec, peaks 10.8 and 12.1 ->13
 
ASC 1. 15994
85  76 C 95-08-20 05:55      JHR                 fl irr 27-86 sec, mag 10->13
 
 
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Thanks.
 
Jay.Respler@Genie.com
Freehold, New Jersey