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#26 T1R2

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:13 PM

Moderator could you please lock the thread, its becoming to snippy and opinionated, I've got enough info to draw my own conclusion that it was a satellite, and I am guilty of "baiting" on a few posts myself, sorry form the inconvenience.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

Lets keep this thread civil. Here is quote from the tos.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:14 AM

I have seen many objects like this. You can clearly see it is tumbling. Though not nearly as bright as you say it was, as it was too small or too faint to see naked eye. One night I was trying to get Sombrero Galaxy to show, and about 5 minutes into it, I see this tiny looking object floating VERY slowly through the field. You could see it tumbling as I would get irregular flashes of light, a bit brighter than most of the stars which were visible. I have an f/5 scope at around 60x magnification at the time of seeing this thing. I probably took 5 minutes or so to cross the field of view, all while flashing at me.
After wards I pulled up any and all info on satellites and known objects and found nothing. I chalked it up to random space debris. But still not so sure. I would estimate it was traveling from NW to S SE...

This is why we all need some sort of video camera plugged in at all times..

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:47 AM

Saw an object this morning, similar to brightness between the magnitudes of Mars and jupiter (currently) moving from SW to NE just after 5 am. This objects brightness did not flare but was consistent until it was near the horizon, and though it was dimmer it could be seen to the horizon. I followed it with 28mm SW eye piece in the WO for 15 seconds or so and it had a stellar appearance. It appeared orange in color and was moving a little slower than other satellites I've seen through an eyepiece. Looked at some satellite paths/predictions and none come close to moving in that particular direction. There are all kinds of things out there. Can most be explained? sure but the unknown is exciting.

#30 Steve OK

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:40 PM

I checked Heavens Above website, and they show an ISS pass for you just after 5:00 AM, low in the SE sky. For your location, I entered "North Carolina". That might be what you saw.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:29 PM

I saw the ISS at -3.3 magnitude at 5:15 this AM in Southern California.
In my neck of the woods it travelled SSW to NNE, as I recall. Very nice! I got up early just to see it. Also tried to see (but failed) a pair that travels together, 229DEB and companion, but sky was a bit too bright by then.
One will be crashing some time in December, so I want to get a last look while they are still flying in tandem. They are my favorites.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:15 AM

Thanks Steve. I think your right. I just thought if it was the space station it would have looked more irregular in the scope, at least a hint. I saw the station on another occasion and it was closer to zenith. The views were similar however so another object identified. I'm going to have to use that heavens above site.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:05 PM

When the ISS is near the zenith, it is about 260 miles away. When it is closer to the horizon, it is alot farther. Looking at the CalSky website (another good reference for ISS sighting, including lunar and solar transits) when the ISS is only 1.7° above the horizon, it is about 1400 miles away. You didn't say (or I missed it) how high up it was when you observed it, but it could have been too far away to see much detail.

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