Mike found a high Centaur.

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 27 2001 - 04:27:01 EDT

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    Last night during a busy geosat-watching session, Mike McCants
    found what certainly looked like a flashing Centaur, period
    about 1.18 second, in a near-geosynchronous orbit, and very
    near the geostationary declination.  There is a problem, in 
    that it was only a very few minutes from shadow entry.  But 
    except for the moonlight, it appears that we will have good 
    weather for at least one more night.
    TDRS 1 (13969, 83-026B) was visible at one-power, about +3.5,
    for a couple of minutes, a degree or two from iota Ceti, 
    which is at RA 00:19:40.5, Dec. -8.83, 2000), at around 2:40, 
    plus or minus a few minutes.
    Mike counted 32 geosats in his notes.  I didn't see every one
    of those, but using his telescope and finder scope as well as 
    my binoculars, I noted a *minimum* of 28.
    All five of the "group of five" (DBS/DTV 2 and 3, DTV 1-R, 
    AMSC 1 and GE 4) fit within the field of view of Mike's 
    high-power eyepiece; five geosats within less than .75 degree 
    field of view.
    Observing site was 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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