Eight geosats with 10x50s

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 07:37:06 EDT

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    Here are (my best identifications of) eight flaring geosats 
    that I was able to see last night (September 26 UTC) with 
    my handheld 10x50 binoculars:
    
    19772 89-006A Intelsat 505
    24713 97-002A GE 2
    26038 99-071A Galaxy XI
    26608 00-072A Panamsat 1R
    26624 00-076A Anik F1
    26724 01-012A XM-2
    26761 01-018A XM-1
    
    One more that was too close to call:
     either Intelsat 706 (23571, 95-023A)
     or Intelsat 901 (26824, 01-024A)
     or Inmarsat 3-F4 (24819, 97-027A) 
    
    Mike McCants was observing with his telescope, so I saw 
    several more that way, including a few of them with both 
    binoculars and telescope.  Perhaps the most fun in the 
    telescope is the group of six in a row (not all six at 
    once) -- DBS 2 (23192, 94-047A, a.k.a. DirecTV 2), DBS 3 
    (23598, 95-029A, a.k.a. DirecTV 3), AMSC 1 (23553, 
    95-019A), GE 4 (25954, 99-060A), DirecTV 1-R (25937, 
    99-056A), and 90009.
    
    Observing site was 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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