RE: clouded out

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Fri Sep 26 2008 - 00:10:07 UTC

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    Hi Kevin and list,
    I was a bit luckier. Clouds were moving in but were low enough to permit
    The rocket stage was observed at mag 0.7 quite steady and yellowish. I
    didn't notice a regular and noticeable variation in brightness during my 45
    second observation before shadow entry. My stopwatch malfunctioned so I
    couldn't take the exact time but this object looked many seconds early
    compared to the Space Track elset with the epoch 269.845.
    Shenzhou 7 was a lot fainter and hard to see. It reached only mag 3 and was
    steady. I corrected my stopwatch problem and timed it as being right on time
    when using the epoch 269.859 elset from Space Track.
    I tried to observe the two debris objects but was unsuccessful with my
    20x80. The sky was not very dark and there were very thin high clouds. 
    Daniel Deak
    Webmestre, site Obsat
    Pompier, municipalite de L'Avenir, Quebec
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275°N, 72.3526°W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
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    -----Message d'origine-----
    De : Kevin Fetter [] 
    Envoyé : 25 septembre 2008 19:47
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    Objet : clouded out
    So much for seeing the chinese spacecraft pass by.
    It was clear the last 3 nights, then one something interesting going to
    happen, the darn clouds show up. 
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