NOSS 3,4,8 and other obs

Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 01:04:12 -0400

Hi all,

Here are my obs for the evening of Sept. 01 local :

11731 80 019C   1745 E 19990902020130000 37 25 2006600+482000 68 S+065 07
17997 87 043A   1745 E 19990902021214800 37 25 1949670+105500 68 S+080 07
13845 83 008F   1745 E 19990902023342700 37 25 1720900+363500 68 S+080 07
13874 83 008H   1745 E 19990902023434000 37 25 1721250+362400 68 S+080 07
13844 83 008E   1745 E 19990902023603500 37 25 1720330+353100 68 S+080 07

11731 is NOSS 3 C
17997 is NOSS 8 A
13845 is NOSS 4 F
13874 is NOSS 4 H
13844 is NOSS 4 E

For NOSS 8 A, I'm not 100% sure it was the good sat because I saw another
one moving parallel to it in the same direction about 1.5 degree lower and a few
seconds later. At first I thought it was another member of this NOSS cluster but
found it was not a NOSS. If someone could identify this one because I'm having
problems with SatSpy (or my computer) in making a search using mccants.tle.

I timed 25861, Okean-O r, and found a period of 0.643 sec using 100 cycles.
They were irregular in magnitude (my first report in PPAS format, is it OK ?) :

99 -39 B 1999-09-02 02:14:45.00 DD 64.33 0.3 100 0.643 vm, 2.0->inv

I also looked for the decaying 25761 Raduga 104 aux motor, but it was not
seen at +/- 3 min. It was to be low in the west before entering shadow. The
limiting magnitude was +9 using my 20x80.

Yesterday, I took my group of students out to watch a very nice mag -8
flare from Iridium 3. It was early after sunset and the only star visible in
that area was Vega. The flare was just below it. Everyone was amazed at
how bright it was. After this obs, I took them to a computer in the school
and went to Jay Respler's site to show them a picture of an Iridium sat.

I thought I would have more time to observe starting one month ago but
I'm still working 13-14 hours a day and it will be that way for the months
to come :-( .

Dan

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Daniel Deak
St-Bonaventure, Qubec

COSPAR site 1745 : 45.9483N, 72.6539W, 58 m., UTC-4:00

E-mail : dan.deak@sympatico.ca
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