22997/94-10C, and unknown geosynch.

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Tue, 08 Sep 1998 03:39:18 -0400

Just a note to say, to those who can see an object whose 
inclination is about 27.43 and don't already know it, 
22997/94-10C (which OIG calls "CZ-3A R/B"), is a very 
bright flasher.  In spite of many cloudy nights, I've seen 
it a couple of times lately at mag. +1, and I'm pretty sure 
that it has a brighter quick flash within at least some of 
its maxima.  (To Quicksat users, since its mean motion is 
about 3.43, it won't show up in Quicksat predictions.)

Unknown Geosynch -- Using this elset (I think.):

Unk
1 98002U          98211.70207519  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    03
2 98002   5.0000  65.1003 0001000 253.3126 106.6874  1.00270000    06

Monday evening Mike McCants pointed his telescope, and the 
object was observed again, after at least two or three 
weeks (?).  Mike said we were lucky to find it, as it 
wasn't quite where the elset predicted.  Anyway, it's still 
flashing with a primary maximum period of just over 46 
seconds (but perhaps has slowed slightly).  I believe that 
its brightest maxima were about +9 while we observed it, 
but Mike observed it much more extensively than I.

It sure has been nice to have some clear nights again, in 
spite of the Moon!

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Austin, Texas, USA - 30.3086N, 97.7279W, 150m