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#1 Jim Lafferty

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

Hi folks--This morning I captured what appears to be a satellite transit near AR 11660 with my Lunt 100/2.5x powermate and DMK 41. Cant seem to find any info for a transit at that time of day--anyone recognize the object?
It took about 7 seconds to clear my fov.
http://tinyurl.com/4xg8tmr

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

Had a quick look in Stellarium , the only one it showed somewhere near was NOAA16.
Without more data , ie Transit time and exact location it's a little difficult to pin down any closer.

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Great picture by the way . .

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Great catch! No idea which satellite it might be!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

A guy contacted me and says he thinks its SATCOM-C5 which he says transited the sun around 1035am pacific time which is pretty close to the time i imaged it. Who knows...--I know nothing about satellites and tracking them.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:09 PM

Here's the video--

YouTube Video>>> http://youtu.be/32l_MU-Qwi8

The object appears about 25 seconds into the avi

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:30 PM

I vote for group of balloons, because
1. so big size
2. takes so long to transit

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

Also the way the string moves.

I've actually seen a "balloon bunch transit" with my PST before. Pretty certain that's what this is.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

I vote for group of balloons, because
1. so big size
2. takes so long to transit


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:14 AM

There are some distinctly non balloon-like square edges in there , especially on your larger image.

Strange one this . . .

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:51 AM

That is cool Jim, fun to to watch as a video. Beautiful images BTW.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:01 AM

Excellent catch

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:58 AM

Jim

I not any for you, but your video is too cool. This is a so incredible capture.

Beautiful.

Andre

#13 Jim Lafferty

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

Well the concensus on the various boards and chats is that it is a balloon with a scientific payload. One guy down in Australia sent me some info and says he caught the same thing years back. Since I know nothing about balloons or satellites, thats what Im going with :)

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

I've seen jet liners, large birds, and Venus transiting the sun . . . of course never having a camera/imaging system I can only "talk about it" but I agree that this may most likely be balloons. . . or a large UFO sucking Hydrogen out of our atmosphere to power its fusion propulsion system ! ! ! Nah! balloons really!

Good seeing,
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