Optical 24 Dec 2009

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Fri Dec 25 2009 - 15:07:16 UTC

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    Observations 24 DECEMBER 2009
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    CONDITIONS:  Seeing good, transparency poor.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE (AUTOMATIC MEASURING USING APEX SOFTWARE)
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    22915 93 074A   0433 F 20091224220743000 16 15 0827294+101529 28  +125 05
    22915 93 074A   0433 F 20091224220933000 16 15 0829201+101713 28
    22915 93 074A   0433 F 20091224221043000 16 15 0830303+101819 28
    22988 94 009A   0433 F 20091224230306000 16 15 0215392-015623 87  +112 03
    22988 94 009A   0433 F 20091224230647000 16 15 0219218-015502 97  +111 00
    22988 94 009A   0433 F 20091224230715000 16 15 0219506-015452 18
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224194106000 16 15 0318118+032438 28  +113 03
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224194233000 16 15 0319382+032806 28  +119 03
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224194531000 16 15 0322342+033509 18  +129 08
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224215000000 16 15 0525584+083409 28
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224215237000 16 15 0528345+084008 28  +112 00
    24737 97 008A   0433 F 20091224215321000 16 15 0529187+084150 28
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20091224215732000 16 15 0305567+050442 18  +133 06
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20091224215919000 16 15 0307435+050457 97
    26575 00 065A   0433 F 20091224220039000 16 15 0309037+050507 28
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20091224232757000 16 15 0748187+084259 38  +090 00
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20091224232858000 16 15 0749201+084319 38
    27168 02 001A   0433 F 20091224232929000 16 15 0749523+084328 38
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20091224225405000 16 15 0521020+071535 28  +106 00
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20091224225539000 16 15 0522361+071642 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20091224225717000 16 15 0524145+071750 28
    27712 03 012B   0433 F 20091224225814000 16 15 0525120+071830 28
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20091224213138000 16 15 0249056+304422 28  +130 00
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20091224213717000 16 15 0256568+270439 38
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20091224214137000 16 15 0303376+234243 28
    29249 06 027A   0433 F 20091224214513000 16 15 0309456+202446 28  +077 00
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20091224184258500 16 15 0406085+081909 28
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20091224184554000 16 15 0409052+081958 38
    33490 09 001A   0433 F 20091224184753000 16 15 0411046+082029 38
    33491 09 001B   0433 F 20091224221430000 16 15 0222098+073802 28  +105 00
    33491 09 001B   0433 F 20091224221528000 16 15 0223071+073826 38  +111 03
    33491 09 001B   0433 F 20091224221619000 16 15 0223577+073846 38  +106 00
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20091224224636000 16 15 0922001+051850 18  +124 04
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20091224224757000 16 15 0923214+051851 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 F 20091224224921000 16 15 0924453+051852 18
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20091224223427000 16 15 0708166+052758 38  +118 03
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20091224223548000 16 15 0709380+052759 28  +114 01
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20091224223640000 16 15 0710304+052759 28  +112 02
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20091224224034000 16 15 0714253+052803 28  +114 02
    35815 09 047A   0433 F 20091224224220000 16 15 0716114+052804 28  +110 02
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185246000 16 15 0355597+341244 38
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185324000 16 15 0356331+341425 28
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185409000 16 15 0357132+341624 38
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185533000 16 15 0358283+342012 28  +105 01
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185613000 16 15 0359040+342157 38  +100 00
    90085 09 790A   0433 F 20091224185650000 16 15 0359371+342336 38  +099 00
    96145 96 645A   0433 F 20091224223913000 16 15 0714156+053930 98  +133 05
    96145 96 645A   0433 F 20091224224034000 16 15 0715239+053357 48  +147 05
    96145 96 645A   0433 F 20091224224123000 16 15 0716039+053023 38  +148 04
    96145 96 645A   0433 F 20091224224220000 16 15 0716521+052623 39  +122 08
    96145 96 645A   0433 F 20091224224311000 16 15 0717339+052234 38
    96153 96 653A   0433 F 20091224225814000 16 15 0521273+071224 28
    96153 96 653A   0433 F 20091224225943000 16 15 0522470+071317 18
    96153 96 653A   0433 F 20091224230050000 16 15 0523473+071355 28
    
    FOR CLASSIFIED.TLE: (MEASURED MANUALLY)
    ==========================================
    35951 09 057A   0433 F 20091224185859300 56 15 1030052-721157 39  +050 05
    35951 09 057A   0433 F 20091224190000100 56 15 0801016-745240 39  +045 05
    35951 09 057A   0433 F 20091224190158400 56 15 0330110-473700 39  +030 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20091224190817600 56 15 0920500-431625 39  +055 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20091224190905400 56 15 0844369-385045 39  +052 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20091224191058000 56 15 0724483-211438 39  +045 05
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20091224191147800 56 15 0654555-105708 39  +030 05
    35937 09 052A   0433 F 20091224195529700 56 15 0117301+141222 39  +075 05
    35937 09 052A   0433 F 20091224195657500 56 15 0146275+014916 39  +073 05
    35937 09 052A   0433 F 20091224195829600 56 15 0228377-161246 39  +070 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20091224202443800 56 15 1239540-685855 39  +100 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20091224202623000 56 15 1137300-625637 39  +095 05
    90020 04 539A   0433 F 20091224203011000 56 15 1038487-482531 39  +090 05
    20641 90 050A   0433 F 20091224210501800 56 15 0335255+243632 39  +088 05
    20641 90 050A   0433 F 20091224210615800 56 15 0343484+212549 39  +085 05
    20641 90 050A   0433 F 20091224210847600 56 15 0404512+131429 39  +082 05
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20091224205136000 56 15 0036566-002000 39  +092 05
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20091224205523000 56 15 0041477-094206 39  +089 05
    90004 99 750A   0433 F 20091224205906000 56 15 0046132-221024 39  +086 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20091224200429000 56 15 0846032-184430 39  +115 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20091224200724000 56 15 0853205-200905 39  +117 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20091224201117000 56 15 0903380-220054 39  +120 05
    23947 96 038C   0433 F 20091224200954000 56 15 0859576-212216 39  +118 05
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20091224231528000 56 15 0323002+042201 39  +110 05
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20091224231632000 56 15 0324041+042352 39  +110 05
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20091224231818000 56 15 0325468+042636 39  +110 05
    23223 94 054A   0433 F 20091224231917000 56 15 0326493+042832 39  +110 05
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20091224231528000 56 15 0324412+045617 39  +110 05
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20091224231632000 56 15 0325439+045754 39  +110 05
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20091224231818000 56 15 0327292+050044 39  +110 05
    90066 05 667A   0433 F 20091224231917000 56 15 0328311+050203 39  +110 05
    
    UNKNOWN - SAME ONE AS SEEN 16th December 2009?
    ================================================
    99999 99 999A   0433 F 20091224215832900 56 15 0303290+040119 39  +065 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 F 20091224215855500 56 15 0306432+041225 39  +075 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 F 20091224215914300 56 15 0309308+042057 39  +070 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 F 20091224215925600 56 15 0311090+042605 39  +060 05
    
    UNKNOWN SEEN 16TH DECEMBER 2009
    ==================================
    99999 99 999A   0433 P 20091216191854100 56 15 0521212+040337 39  +050 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 P 20091216191928700 56 15 0522338+040309 39  +060 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 P 20091216192257300 56 15 0529248+040316 39  +100 05
    99999 99 999A   0433 P 20091216192522200 56 15 0534156+040346 39  +100 05
    
    
    STRAYS SEEN:(MEASURED MANUALLY)
    ===================================
    THORAD AGENA D R/B
    00733 64 002A   0433 F 20091224192233700 56 15 2335356-324035 39  +040 05
    DELTA 2 R/B STEADY
    20303 89 085B   0433 F 20091224191058000 56 15 0726277-214445 39  +040 05
    MINOTAUR R/B STEADY
    35006 09 028F   0433 F 20091224191147800 56 15 0656440-113846 39  +075 05
    SL-8 R/B
    21131 91 013B   0433 F 20091224200959300 56 15 0901477-211734 39  +055 05
    SL-14 R/B STEADY
    20306 89 086B   0433 F 20091224194949400 56 15 0330470+031026 39  +040 05
    GLOBALSTAR M006 STEADY
    25307 98 023B   0433 F 20091224193628500 56 15 0320146+025459 39  +045 05
    ORBCOMM FM17
    25413 98 046A   0433 F 20091224205518400 56 15 0041116-082154 39  +090 05
    COSMOS 1356
    13153 82 039A   0433 F 20091224202518400 56 15 1212501-662522 39  +056 05
    SL-8 R/B VARIABLE
    23279 94 061B   0433 F 20091224202145200 56 15 1429085-712637 39  +075 05
    COSMOS 1536 STEADY
    14699 84 013A   0433 F 20091224212404800 56 15 1845057-724022 39  +050 05
    ATLANTIC BIRD 1 GEOSTATIONARY
    27508 02 040A   0433 F 20091224215732000 16 15 0304519+052408 18  +126 02
    27508 02 040A   0433 F 20091224220039000 16 15 0307564+052348 58  +111 03
    THURAYA 2 GEOSTAIONARY
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20091224184258500 16 15 0406160+081809 28
    27825 03 026A   0433 F 20091224184753000 16 15 0411091+082022 38
    INTELSAT 904 GEOSTATIONARY
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20091224224636000 16 15 0921148+052037 18  +124 01
    27380 02 007A   0433 F 20091224224921000 16 15 0924008+052033 28  +126 04
    INTELSAT 802 GEOSTATIONARY
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20091224223427000 16 15 0707578+053054 38  +114 01
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20091224223614000 16 15 0709453+053056 38  +117 03
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20091224223913000 16 15 0712447+053059 28  +114 02
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20091224224123000 16 15 0714550+053100 28  +117 02
    24846 97 031A   0433 F 20091224224311000 16 15 0716438+053101 28  +114 02
    EBIRD GEOSTATIONARY
    27948 03 043A   0433 F 20091224223427000 16 15 0709025+053159 38  +121 02
    27948 03 043A   0433 F 20091224223640000 16 15 0711164+053158 28  +119 02
    27948 03 043A   0433 F 20091224224311000 16 15 0717486+053202 28  +118 02
    GALAXY 11 GEOSTATIONARY
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20091224223427000 16 15 0707308+052828 38  +100 00
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20091224223614000 16 15 0709184+052830 38  +102 01
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20091224224123000 16 15 0714280+052833 28  +102 01
    26038 99 071A   0433 F 20091224224311000 16 15 0716169+052834 28  +101 01
    
    NOTES:
    =======
    (1) At LAST a night not too bad -- transparency poor.
    
    (2) Some confusion about PAN #35815 and its companions. May have PAN
        mixed up with GALAXY 11 #26038. There are four satellites closely
        grouped. Using SPACETRACK elements INTELSAT 802 and EBIRD agree
        reasonably well. I have always taken PAN as being the brightest
        in which case its GALAXY 11, but elements indicate may be otherwise.
    
    (3) Found DSP 18 using its radio transmissions - slightly more west than
        elements indicate.
    
    (4) MERCURY 1 quite a bit more east than predicted - is it drifting
        eastward? Was in field with 90066-they looked identical in magnitude
        track angle and length of track.
    
    (5) USA 125 rocket - too faint for video, had to track on it using the
        CCD camera
    
    (6) 90020 little off in geometry - about 1 degree higher in elevation
        than predicted, time okay Variable.
    
    (7) 90004 variable
    
    (8) Trumpet 4- #29249 looked steady during the few minutes tracked
    
    (9) 96145 faint regular flasher.
    
    (10) The unknown seen may be the same one as that seen 16th Dcember ??
    
     MERRY CHRISTMAS to all ! Im now going to sit back and relax and enjoy
     whats left of it after spending the whole day on the above. At least
     Ill relax in a more sturdy chair than Brad did but I bet Im about
     twice his size !
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
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