SZ-7and rocket observed

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Thu Sep 25 2008 - 17:54:13 UTC

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    Almost missed them owing to an error in setting my alarm!
    Fortunately had Orbitron running and heard the sound alert.  so rushed out 
    totally unequipped apart from my eyes!- sorry Ted!
    Was using Ted's search TLES, because of the error I  had not had a chance to 
    see Kevin's alert re SpaceTrack prediction.
    Sky conditions a clear pre-dawn sky.
    Seen 1x Heading northwest/northeast at 4:49:35 just below Orion only about a 
    second or so between them. Very little difference in magnitude but mag of 
    trailing object a little brighter, approx  1 and 0 mag.
    This is slightly lower than the ground track on H-A  which shows SZ-7 
    passing through Orion.  Trailing object appeared very slightly lower than 
    the leader.  No sign of flashing.
    Made my day!
    Congrats Ted it appears your predictions were "spot on."
    Weather conditions are likely to deteriorate so this my be my only chance of 
    obs but hoping that is not the case especially with a rocket at 42 degrees 
    inclination to keep an eye on as well as the payload itself.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
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