Optical 02 Jan 2011

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Jan 03 2011 - 11:22:28 UTC

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    Observations 02 JAN 2011
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    Using Celestron NexGen GOTO mounting controlled by NexRemote
    program.
    Meade DSI Pro II Monochrome CCD camera without filters.
    using integration times of 5 sec min to 25 seconds maximum
    depending on brightness of sky in particular area.No image
    processing done, but some done automatically in the auto reduction
    software.Equipped with video finder for initial star alignment use.
    Used with 4 inch SKYWATCHER refractor-model 1025-fitted with home
    made focal reducer to give an f/2.56 system. Image scale is 6.73 arc
    sec/pixel and field of view 84.8 x 63.2 arc minutes. Shows 14-15th
    magnitude stars in real time with reasonably good conditions.
    Exposure time to nearest second inserted into image FITS header
    from PC clock which is periodically checked against GPS signal
    generated by Motorola ONCORE module.
    HEAVENSAT V2.32 used "real time" and APEX Windows V2.3.1.20100903
    used to generate predictions.
    Processed automatically with APEX but sometimes manual processing.
    Correct identifications cross checked in HEAVENSAT using "optical
    measurements" option
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude -33.94058 deg,
    Elevation 10 metres-situated in Pinelands (Cape Town),South Africa
    
    
    FOR CLASSFD.TLE:
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    DSP-F23R
    32288 07 054B   0433 G 20110102195016000 16 15 0710424+042504 28
    32288 07 054B   0433 G 20110102195110000 16 15 0711369+042446 18
    32288 07 054B   0433 G 20110102195148000 16 15 0712159+042433 18
    32288 07 054B   0433 G 20110102195229000 16 15 0712573+042420 28
    32288 07 054B   0433 G 20110102195311000 16 15 0713398+042406 28
    WGS-F2
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110102193654000 16 15 0646188+051734 18
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110102193807000 16 15 0647326+051734 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110102193851000 16 15 0648172+051735 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110102193924000 16 15 0648493+051735 28
    34713 09 017A   0433 G 20110102193958000 16 15 0649234+051736 28
    PAN
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102185458000 16 15 0515071+052751 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102185616000 16 15 0516259+052753 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102185711000 16 15 0517209+052754 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102185805000 16 15 0518145+052755 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102185900000 16 15 0519097+052755 28
    35815 09 047A   0433 G 20110102211834000 16 15 0739020+052839 28
    
    STRAYS SEEN:
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    ATLAS CENTAUR R/B range 23400 kms
    10025 77 041B   0433 G 20110102213714000 16 15 0501021+133126 38  +110 00
    INTELSAT 702
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102200137000 16 15 0736358+051558 28
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102200234000 16 15 0737308+051535 18
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102200711000 16 15 0742077+051538 28
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102200916000 16 15 0744129+051539 18
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102201055000 16 15 0745525+051539 38
    23124 94 034A   0433 G 20110102205038000 16 15 0825398+051600 28
    ARIANE 44LP + R/B range 13080 kms
    23538 95 016C   0433 G 20110102214002000 16 15 0502216+143143 28
    INMARSAT 3-F1
    23839 96 020A   0433 G 20110102195706000 16 15 0725324+052439 28
    23839 96 020A   0433 G 20110102195832000 16 15 0726557+052434 28  +125 05
    ASTRA 1F
    23842 96 021A   0433 G 20110102190928000 16 15 0538196+052331 28  +094 04
    23842 96 021A   0433 G 20110102191044000 16 15 0539351+052332 28  +125 01
    23842 96 021A   0433 G 20110102191239000 16 15 0541301+052336 28
    INTELSAT 709
    23915 96 035A   0433 G 20110102192245000 16 15 0608489+052100 28
    23915 96 035A   0433 G 20110102192537000 16 15 0611407+052104 28
    INTELSAT 26 (JCSAT 4)
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20110102190641000 16 15 0532304+054436 28
    24732 97 007A   0433 G 20110102190928000 16 15 0535180+054659 28  +088 00
    INTELSAT 7 (PAS 7)
    25473 98 052A   0433 G 20110102201721000 16 15 0803442+051533 28  +120 05
    25473 98 052A   0433 G 20110102201811000 16 15 0804353+051516 28
    BONUM 1
    25546 98 068A   0433 G 20110102192831000 16 15 0619253+051921 28
    GALAXY 26 (TELSTAR 6)
    25626 99 005A   0433 G 20110102190641000 16 15 0534337+052222 28
    25626 99 005A   0433 G 20110102191044000 16 15 0538373+052227 28  +119 00
    SL-12 R/B range 38125 kms
    25629 99 005D   0433 G 20110102194052000 16 15 0651332+055422 48
    GALAXY 27 (TELSTAR 7)
    25922 99 052A   0433 G 20110102212453000 16 15 0727514+052721 28
    BLOCK DM-SL R/B  range 34555 kms
    26452 00 043B   0433 G 20110102194334000 16 15 0700582+045838 28
    26452 00 043B   0433 G 20110102194537000 16 15 0702276+050001 28
    INTELSAT 12 (PAS 12)
    26590 00 068A   0433 G 20110102212453000 16 15 0727269+052650 28
    TURKSAT 2A
    26666 01 002A   0433 G 20110102213056000 16 15 0719526+052654 28
    INTELSAT 10 (PAS 10)
    26766 01 019A   0433 G 20110102201811000 16 15 0803458+051436 28
    26766 01 019A   0433 G 20110102201721000 16 15 0802553+051441 28  +120 05
    INTELSAT 902
    26900 01 039A   0433 G 20110102194334000 16 15 0701037+051804 28
    26900 01 039A   0433 G 20110102194537000 16 15 0703066+051807 28
    INTELSAT 904
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110102193654000 16 15 0645415+051939 18
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110102193807000 16 15 0646551+051943 28
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110102193851000 16 15 0647395+051943 28
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110102193924000 16 15 0648117+051944 28
    27380 02 007A   0433 G 20110102193958000 16 15 0648459+051945 28
    INTELSAT 906
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20110102195706000 16 15 0724037+051717 28
    27513 02 041A   0433 G 20110102195832000 16 15 0725289+051711 28  +125 05
    INSAT 3E
    27951 03 043E   0433 G 20110102192245000 16 15 0609353+052108 28
    27951 03 043E   0433 G 20110102192537000 16 15 0612270+052113 28
    YAMAL 202
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102185458000 16 15 0514492+052328 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102185616000 16 15 0516080+052329 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102185711000 16 15 0517030+052329 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102185805000 16 15 0517567+052329 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102185900000 16 15 0518518+052330 28
    28089 03 053A   0433 G 20110102211834000 16 15 0738453+052418 28  +117 01
    EXPRESS AM22
    28134 03 060A   0433 G 20110102191648000 16 15 0554453+052033 28
    28134 03 060A   0433 G 20110102191908000 16 15 0557057+052035 28
    ARIANE 5 DEB (SYLDA)
    28545 05 005D   0433 G 20110102192958000 16 15 0623275+053225 28
    28545 05 005D   0433 G 20110102193153000 16 15 0625014+053754 28
    28545 05 005D   0433 G 20110102203536000 16 15 0734504+100311 28
    BREEZE-M R/B range 30320 kms
    28925 05 052B   0433 G 20110102211834000 16 15 0740229+052601 28  +108 00
    SKYNET 5B
    32294 07 056B   0433 G 20110102191648000 16 15 0553253+052608 28
    32294 07 056B   0433 G 20110102191908000 16 15 0555455+052613 28
    TURKSAT 3A
    33056 08 030B   0433 G 20110102213056000 16 15 0719584+052746 28
    COMSAT BW-1
    35943 09 054B   0433 G 20110102194644000 16 15 0708285+051802 28
    35943 09 054B   0433 G 20110102195508000 16 15 0716541+051823 28
    NSS 12
    36032 09 058A   0433 G 20110102192958000 16 15 0625323+052020 28
    36032 09 058A   0433 G 20110102193153000 16 15 0627300+052024 28
    36032 09 058A   0433 G 20110102193302000 16 15 0628372+052025 18
    INTELSAT 17
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102200137000 16 15 0736308+051629 28
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102200234000 16 15 0737278+051627 18
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102200711000 16 15 0742047+051631 28
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102200916000 16 15 0744101+051632 18
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102201055000 16 15 0745496+051633 38
    37238 10 065B   0433 G 20110102205038000 16 15 0825381+051658 28
    
    NOTES:
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    (1)Purpose of session was to try and find unknown seen a few days
       back so basically moving eastwards along the Clarke belt from
       where object seen and imaging all objects seen close to zero
       degrees inclination. Did find something unexpected - a bright
       satellite very close to INTELSAT 702 (#23124). However on
       updating my element database the unknown turned out to be
       INTELSAT 17 (#37238) - a recent launch -that had been drifting.
       This may have been the unknown seen.
    
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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