Debris question

From: Lawrence Garrett (
Date: Wed Sep 03 2008 - 01:07:27 UTC

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    Greetings group:
    Last night's skies once again kept me from going after asteroids in my 
    telescope, so I used
    my binoculars to spot a few satellites. I tracked a few in my 7x35mms, and 
    When I use my bino's in this fashion, I like to choose a constellation to 
    see what might
    pass by. Using my mounted 20x80mms, I spotted and tracked Thorad Aegna D for 
    2m30s. Predicted Mv  8.8, this was first seen tumbling in and out of view 
    from about Mv 9.5
    to invisible. This tumbling stopped and the sat brightened to about Mv 8.0, 
    then it began
    to fade and tumble once again. Mostly likely quite normal for satellite 
    debris. But at the time
    I did not know it was debris, as GUIDE 8.0 did not list it as such. A nice 
    unexpected show
    to make up for "asteroid useless" skies.  My recent tries for asteroids in 
    the 14.5Mv range
    are lost to hazy skies.
    While I may never submit positional observations to the group, I was 
    wondering what infomation there might be on this object. This must be some 
    hardware needed to orbit the main sat, but
    is there a way to tell how large this might be? It puts on good show when 
    the angles are right
    for sure.
    I spotted Lacrosse 5 a few nights ago but with no unexpected results.
    Clear Skies
    Lawrence Garrett
    ALPO Minor Planet Section Assistant Coordinator
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