FORTE NOT observed: Important Lesson Learned

Jim Varney (sat_watcher@rocketmail.com)
Sun, 31 Aug 1997 11:13:17 -0700 (PDT)

Track16 SGP4/SDP4     Topocentric Location: -121.398 +38.458 +0008m 

YearMoDa  H  M  S  Long(+E)  Lat(+N)   Hgt Range   Sun    Azi    Alt  
  R.A.    Dec
Cosmos 614 r
19970830 04:04:45 -113.1863  35.5096   778  1150 -16.6 111.61  38.86 
21:41.7    9.5
FORTE
19970830 04:07:27 -112.4227  35.1545   832  1252 -17.0 111.86  37.61 
21:47.5    8.5

The two object's tracks were nearly identical.

Cosmos 614 r was the object I saw, not FORTE.  When C 614 r came into
view ahead of my watch alarm, I followed it but I repeatedly swept the
orbital plane back to where FORTE was supposed to be.  Seeing nothing
I assumed C 614 r was FORTE.  Bad assumption.

Lesson Learned: *Satellite Misidentification Occurs Easily In Our
Crowded Skies*  Be Careful!
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Jim Varney   121.398W  38.458N 8m   Sacramento, CA
jamesv@softcom.net, sat_watcher@rocketmail.com



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