Saturday, November 27, 2010

Go Bucks!!! and 12 sats

Watched the OSU vs Michigan game today. A 37-7 win for the Buckeyes!!! Wasn't too sure how things were gonna pan out after that 1st quarter, but once they found their rhythm, it was all over. Great job by both the D and the O. It also helps when the team you're playing literally is tied for the worst field goal percentage and therefore ALWAYS went for it on fourth and whatever when they were in the red zone.

While the kids were getting a bath, I took a peak outside and notice it was crystal. After the baths were done, I asked the Mrs if I could go outside for a bit and she was kind enough to say yes even though I know that after a day of shopping she was probably pretty tired. This evening's session was totally ad-libbed. I just went out with a blank piece of paper and my wool hat and just scanned the sky. I pretty much would look to the E and scan that entire area. Then look to the N, then the W then the S. Repeat. I generally would spend longer in the E because I know the sky over there and I can pick them out fairly easily. Plus, most of the sats are over there anyways due to the position of the sun and all that scientific crap. In all, I ended up seeing 12 objects. Not too bad for a 45 minute session. And there were many objects being sighted by me for the first as well. That makes it even that much more exciting.

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 27-Nov-2010 Saturday



6:22 PM - Zi Yuan-2B or JB-3 - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2002-049-A
This is my fifth sighting JB-3, a Chinese earth imaging satellite that is rumored to be one of the first high-resolution military imaging satellites.

6:26 PM - Cosmos 2084 Rocket - 4.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1990-055-D
This is my first sighting of this Molniya-M rocket body. It was used to launch Kosmos 2084, a Russian satellite that is part of the Oko missile launch defense system. Unfortunately, according to NASA the launch of this rocket actually failed to put the satellite in the correct orbit and no communication ever occurred with the satellite itself (though no other sites mention this failure). This system was also known as the US-KS. I got side-tracked... I should be talking about the rocket. Molniya means "lightning" and the Molniya-M is derived from the R-7 ICBM. The final flight for this type of rocket was on Sept 30 2010.

6:29 PM - NOSS 6 (D) - 5.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1984-012-D
This is my first sighting of this NOSS 6 (or possibly NOSS 7) satellite, also known as JD2. Regardless, this is one of the NOSS satellites. This system, also known as PARCAE had three satellites for the system and also a MSD (multiple satellite dispenser). I believe that this object is one of the satellites. The satellites were launched from an Atlas H rocket. There seems to be some confusion on if this is NOSS 6 or NOSS 7. The NASA page, the satellite page I use and one other page in Wiki lists this as NOSS 6. However another trusted satellite site and a different Wiki page lists it as NOSS 7. *shrug* That's the government for ya. It was 1984 and they were probably launching recon satellites every other week. It's easy to get confused at that point. :P

6:30 PM - Cosmos 1346 - 4.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1982-027-A
This is my first sighting of Cosmos 1346. This object is a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite. It was launched into orbit using a Vostok-2M rocket in 1982.

6:34 PM - Cosmo-SkyMed 3 - 3.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2008-054-A
This is my fourth sighting of SkyMed 3, an Italian earth observation satellite.

6:42 PM - XM 5 Tnk - 4.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2010-053-C
This is my first sighting of this object. This is the Briz-M upper stage of a Proton-M rocket. This rocket was used to launch the XM-5 satellite for the XM Satellite Radio. According to the specs, this satellite is the bee's knees.

6:46 PM - Cosmos 1005 Rocket - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1978-045-B
This is my first sighting of this Vostok-2M rocket. This rocket launched Cosmos 1005, a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite into orbit in 1978.

6:52 PM - Meteor 1-19 Rocket - 4.1 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1974-083-B
This is my first sighting of this Vostok-2M rocket. It launched Meteor 1-19, the 19th Meteor 1 Russian weather satellite into orbit in 1974.

6:52 PM - Cosmo-SkyMed 2 - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-059-A
This is my fifth sighting of SkyMed 2, an Italian earth observation satellite.

6:53 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my twenty-second sighting of this Ol' Faithful Zenit-2 rocket body.

6:56 PM - Cosmos 2227 Rocket - 2.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1992-093-B
This is my second sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body used to launch Cosmos 2227, a Russian Tselina-2 (not Tselina-D) ELINT satellite, in 1992.

7:02 PM - Iridium 69 tum - 5.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-026-A
This is my first sighting of this tumbling Iridium satellite, Iridium 69. This Iridium satellite was launched using a Long March 2C-III SD rocket. The SD model is designed to be able to launch 2 satellites (this particular rocket launched Iridium 69 (the object sighted this evening) and Iridium 71.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A couple talks and 1 sat

Well, in case you didn't know already, my company is canning our office. See ya later. My date of departure is something like end of March. yay. (note the lack of capitals and exclamation points) No one likes dealing with this. But, on the uppity side, I did have a couple talks with a recruiter and a local business who has some openings. The first few are always hard. One doesn't have their speech down pat yet. One hasn't truly discovered or learned to articulate what skills they have gained at their current position quite yet. It's always that way for me and I get all down n crap and whatever. I've had a couple other calls come in on my cell phone with the dead battery so I will have even more opportunity to get my confidence up and my spiel down.

When I got home from my one after work, I got out of the car, looked outside and saw a satellite plain as day. It was kind of comforting for some strange reason. Then my wife got me (us) an early Christmas gift in the form of the super duper deluxe version of While Christmas with Bing and Danny and Vera-Ellen and Rosemary. We watch it every year (along with A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown, Grinch, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). Occasionally we'll watch Christmas Vacation. I feel maybe like I'm missing one... but that covers it for the most part. The other tradition is listening to the Tejano Country Christmas on CD. The most awesome Christmas CD ever. And usually the Beach Boys Christmas.... and then the Christmas album that I had when I was a kid that Todd found a few years back and I ripped (and cleaned up) and put on CD. And usually the Bobby Sherman Christmas CD that I got at Big Lots and is a mishmash of songs from his two Christmas LPs which have been mixed in interesting ways (some of the songs sound like they are coming out of a Folgers can).

Anyhoo... I'll stop gibber jabberin' and give you the satellite session (all 1 satellite).

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 23-Nov-2010 Tuesday


6:51 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my 21st sighting of this old faithful Zenit-2 rocket which put a Russian Resurs-O1 earth observation satellite and 5 others into space in 1998.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Six tonight

I haven't really went outside to look for satellites since Nov 14th. Tonight was tough as it was windy and with the wind came the clouds. Luckily it wasn't a giant sheet, but lots of wispy clouds that moved across the sky quickly, which has its disadvantages in itself. It plays tricks on the mind and make one think that the stars are moving when it is actually the clouds that are moving. So, one has to be prepared to observe the surrounding stars to see if that object is moving relative to other nearby stars. Since I'm starting to hit alot of repeats, I'm going to try to remember to highlight those that are being seen for the first time.

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 22-Nov-2010 Monday


6:39 PM - Lacrosse 5 Rocket - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2005-016-B
This is only my second sighting of Titan IV-B rocket which launched Lacrosse 5, an NRO recon satellite. My first sighting was on Oct 4 2010.

6:43 PM - Lacrosse 4 - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2000-047-A
This is only my second sighting of Lacrosse 4. My first sighting was on Sept 17 2010 and was the 7th object I had seen to that date. Tonight, it was the 264th.

6:58 PM - COSMO-SkyMed 2 - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-059-A
This is my 4th sighting of COSMO-SkyMed 2, the Italian earth observation satellite.

7:02 PM - Cosmos 2242 Rocket - 3.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1993-024-B
This is my first sighting of this Tsyklon-3 rocket which was used to launch Kosmos 2242, a Russian Tselina-R ELINT satellite. The Tselina-R model is an updated version of the Tselina-D satellite that I see quite frequenly. There are currently only four Tselina-R satellites in orbit.

7:09 PM - Cosmos 1500 - 3.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1983-099-A
This is my first sighting of Kosmos 1500 which was launched in 1983. This satellite is a Russian oceanography (Okean means ocean in Russian) satellite from the Okean-OE series. Only two satellites of this particular model were ever put into orbit. The other was Kosmos 1602 launched in 1984. Both were launched into space using a Tsyklon-3 rocket.

7:14 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my 20th sighting of this old faithful Zenit-2 rocket which put a Russian Resurs-O1 earth observation satellite and 5 others into space in 1998.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Stupid Movies

(updated June 11 2017 - added FIVE more collections: Iron Fist Frenzy, Samurai Warrior Collection, Crime Classics, Billy the Kid, and Frontier Justice)
(updated May 12 2017 - added EIGHT more collections: Combat Classics, Timeless Family Classics, The Legend Of Rin Tin Tin, Cowboy Legends, Gunslinger Classics, Gore House Greats Collection, Under Fire, and Kickin' It Shaolin Style)
(updated Apr 22 2017 - added THREE more collections: Musicals - 20 Movie Collection, Classic Sci-Fi TV, and The Best Of Spaghetti Westerns)
(updated Dec 10 2015 - added TWO more collections: The Swingin' Seventies, and Cowboys and Bandits)
(updated Jan 17 2015 - added THREE more collections: The Sensational Sixties, Alfred Hitchcock - A Legacy of Suspense (20 movies), and 1001 Commercials.)
(updated Jun 21 2014 - added EIGHT more collections: Sci-Fi Invasion, Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares, The Excellent Eighties, Dark Crimes, Martial Arts, Family Classics, Comedy Kings, and Pure Terror).  The madness really needs to stop.  Seriously.  At the very least I can say I've watched at least one from each of the sets.  I guess that's something.
(updated Jun 5 2012 - added five collections: Burnt Rubber, Hollywood Legends, Prime Time Crime, Warriors, and Spaghetti Westerns)
(updated May 13 2012 - added Ultimate TV Westerns)
(updated Mar 27 2012 - added two collections: The Way West and Mystery)
(updated Mar 24 2011 - added two collections: Legends of Horror and Western Legends)

I'm a fan of really bad movies. I don't know why... but I am. Honestly, it probably stems from the fact that my wife likes good movies. I didn't really watch many movies until I met my wife. And those that I did watch before I met her were suspect... like "The Stuff", "Pump Up the Volume", "Turk 182", "Looker" and "Son of the Blob".

At some point when I was a drummer in Devilcake, I purchased these two 10 movie collections for I think $10 each. 'Legends of Kung Fu' and 'Fists of Fire - Swords of Death'. I remember watching one of these horrible kung fu movies when M called me when we were dating. I started telling her what was happening on the screen in a MST3K style. The only thing I remember for certain is that one of the main characters was some female kung fu expert. I kept calling her the 'Hong Kong Hottie'. I was amusing myself and figured that this made me 'charming' somehow. I'm sure my future wife thought I was being a big dork.

I know where my 'passion' for bad movies really amped up. I had been let go from my first job of nearly 8 years. I had been looking for a month or so already, 8 - 10 hours a day and was starting to go a little stir crazy. I don't remember where I saw it... Amazon or eBay maybe... maybe in a online movie review? Maybe I was looking for more kung-fu movies. I don't know. But I saw it somewhere. The Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack. I told M about it and she said, 'Go ahead and get it. You'll drive yourself crazy if you look for jobs all day. You need to give yourself a break, even if it's for a few hours. You might as well have something to watch. So I found out that Best Buy was selling them, went down there and plunked down $30 bucks. I figured at less than a dollar a movie, it was freaking awesome. And I started watching them one by one. I even got the Mrs. to start watching them with me. It was fun to me to sit there and just cut up on them non-stop. Occasionally you'd even run into a good one that you just wanted to watch.

Then I found out that there were other sets: Action, Mystery, Comedy and Horror. The next one I was contemplating was the Horror box set. I happened to be at Odd Lots with Todd and happened to mention it to him, that I had seen other ones there but not the Horror one. And he looking in the bin thing and says 'you mean this one?'. Todd is the master of finding shit that you swear you'll never find. (You can read more about that evening at my old Live Journal blog here.)

Anyhoo... somehow... I think when I was working at AOL, I started looking for them for cheap on eBay. Then when MicroCenter started getting rid of their CDs, I started buying them REALLY cheap.

Now I many, many sets of these things (actually, it's 1416 since the Action 100 pack is just the Action 50 and Suspense 50 sets put together. They didn't even bother making new sleeves. They just plunked the 50 Suspense sleeves in the big box.

The sad thing is, I still want the Martial Arts and Dark Crimes sets (edit 6-21-2014 - Finally got both!) and I don't even have time to watch the ones I have now. The Mrs. has kinda lost interest in watching them. She barely has time to see the movies she wants to see, so why would she want to waste an hour and a half to watch something she has no interest in and which probably sucks badly?

So... This is my admission of this is all of the sets I have and that I have an issue. All sets are either put out by a company called TreeLine or Mill Creek, who bought out TreeLine. I'll try to list them in the order I got them. The list is as follows:

Sci-Fi Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, Run Time: 3912 minutes) Note: I paid full retail ($25 or $30) at Best Buy for this one.

Horror Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, 3743 minutes) Note: I paid $20 (I believe) at Odd Lots for this collection.

Chilling Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4423 minutes) Note: I paid $17.50 for this on eBay.

Drive-in Movie Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4399 minutes) Note: I got this one for $6 at Half Price Books. I was originally gonna pay $19.95 for it until as I thought it was new. However, when they pulled them out to put them into the sleeves, I could see that they were obviously scratched badly, so he said 'How about $6'. This is the set that broken the camel's back for my wife. We watched a movie called 'Black Hooker'. It was horrible and pointless and a bit disturbing with some black guy who was a church pastor who had a daughter who was a hooker but then he went and had sex with some young girl who was part of the church.

Classic Musicals (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3965 minutes) Note: I got this one for $8 at MicroCenter.

All-Stars Collection (TreeLine, 50 movies, 4140 minutes) Note: I got this one for $4 at MicroCenter. I also got the War Classics and 100 TV Episodes at the same time for super cheap as well).

War Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, 3594 minutes) Note: I got this one for $4 at MicroCenter.

TV Favorites MegaPack (TreeLine, 100 TV episodes, 2910 minutes) Note: I got this for $2 at MicroCenter

Action Classics (Mill Creek, _100_ movies, 8626 minutes) Note: I got this collection for $15 incl. shipping from eBay). This collection is actually the Action 50 and Suspense 50 movie packs put into one box.

Nightmare Worlds (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4135 minutes) Note: I got this for $12 on eBay.

Western Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3597 minutes) Note: I got this collection used for $5 from Half Price Books.

Comedy Classics (TreeLine / Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3900 minutes) Note: I paid $10 for this at Half Price Books, new. This one is interesting in that the box itself if TreeLine however they placed a slipcover over it which is from Mill Creek.

Giant 600 Cartoon Collection (Mill Creek, _600_ cartoons, 3720 minutes) Note: I got this on eBay for $5 incl. shipping. I actually purchased the 100 Cartoon Collection from MicroCenter for $.99 first, but then I found out about the 600 cartoon collection and knew I just had to have it!

Legends of Horror (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3604 minutes) Note: Borders went out of sale and they had all DVDs at 40% + 10% off. They had the 50 movie packs already priced at a some-what decent price of $14.95, however after the 40% + 10% off, they were about $8.50. I blame Dan Martin for purchasing these because he was going to take me out to lunch today, however he didn't tell me and I had an interview today and I saw Borders and thought I would stop in. If I had known about the possibility of free food, I would have skipped going to Borders.

Western Legends (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3042 minutes) Note: Another Borders going-out-of-business purchase. Again, cost after 40% + 10% was $8.50.

The Way West (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 2830 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books for $6.39 along with the Suspense 50 Movie Pack which I actually already had (see Action 100 Movie Pack).

Mystery Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3768 minutes) Note: When I returned the Suspense movie pack to Half Price Books, I picked up the Mystery movie pack, new and still shrink-wrapped for $6.39

Ultimate TV Westerns (Mill Creek, 150 episodes, 4117 minutes) Note: I picked this up at a Half Price Books in Cincinnati for $5.35, still sealed, originally priced at $19.99 from Best Buy.

Burnt Rubber (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1509 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books in Beavercreek, OH (at Fairfield Commons) for $4.99

Hollywood Legends (Tree Line, I believe, 50 movies, 4424 minutes) Note: I picked this up at the Beavercreek Half Price Books for $7.99.

Warriors (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4464 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books in Hamilton, OH.  I had spied this a couple of times but they had it priced at $9.99, however this particular day they had recently marked it down to $7.99.  I had seen one of the Herc movies on the Sci Fi set, but wasn't thrilled with it, but the wife convinced me to pick it up.

Spaghetti Westerns (Mill Creek, 44 movies, 4168 minutes) Note: Another one I picked up at the Hamilton Half Price Books for a cool $5 from the discount bin (probably due to the busted plastic case)

Prime Time Crime - The Stephen J. Cannell Collection (Mill Creek, 54 episodes, 2595 minutes) Note: Yet another one picked up at the Hamilton Half Price Books.  Being a movie pack connoisseur, I was amazed when I saw this one since I love most of Cannell's stuff and I had NEVER heard of this one (probably because I was always looking up 'movie pack').  At $7.99, this was a steal and should be awesome.

Comedy Kings (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3555 minutes) Note: I got this one on eBay for $6 a mere 6 days after I posted about my 5 movie packs in a weekend post.  So sad.

Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4053 minutes) Note: I picked this one up from the Bethel Rd Half Price books for $2 in 2012 sometime.  It smells slightly of stale smoke. Most of the movies look like they were shot on a camcorder.

Dark Crimes (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3714 minutes)  Note: I got this one from my wife for either my birthday or our anniversary.  I think it was 2012.  I know at the time Wal-Mart had this collection for $10 so I'm going with that price.

Sci-Fi Invasion (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4179 minutes)  Note:  I have no idea where I got this one, when I got this one, or how much I paid for it or if it was a gift.  I think it was Christmas of 2012 from the wife.  I'll call the price on this one $15 since I really have no idea.

Martial Arts (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4223 minutes) Note: I picked this one up online at Amazon for $14.50 in February of 2013.  This really should have been the last set I picked up.   As you will see, it was not.

The Excellent Eighties (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4842 minutes) Note: I picked this up at the Marysville Kmart in 2013 for $9.99.  Now there is yet another series of movie packs that I want to get (Swinging 70s and Sensational 60s, not to mention the Nifty 50s and Fabulous 40s).

Pure Terror (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4252 minutes) Note: I picked this one up sometime in 2013 from (I believe) the Half Price Books on Bethel for $8.

Family Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3396 minutes) Note: I picked this one up at the Ollie's on Cleveland Ave for $6 in June of 2014.  I had been eyeing this collection for a while since historically it had been one of the cheeper sets whether it was new or used. I think it has to do with the short running time.

Alfred Hitchcock - A Legacy Of Suspense (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1631 minutes) Note: I picked this one up sometime in the fall of 2014 from Half Price Books, though I'm not sure which one. Don't recall how much I paid for this, but we'll say $7.00.

1001 Commercials (Mill Creek, 1001 commercials, 972 minutes) Note: I picked this one up from Half Price Books on Bethel.  I remember I had picked up... something... and was literally walking out the door when I spotted it in the clearance rack (which I had looked at earlier but must have overlooked it).  I picked it up for $3.00.

The Sensational Sixties (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4427 minutes). Note: I got this one as a Christmas present in 2014 from my mother.  Yay Mom!  Did some research to see how much overlap there was and I think it worked out to be about 20% (10 films) which isn't too bad honestly considering the sheer number of these things I have.  I'll stick a $15 price on this one since at the time that is what Amazon was selling it for.

The Swingin' Seventies (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4543 minutes) Note: I got this at Ollies in Westerville for $6.99 in Oct of 2015.  I had seen the Sixies box set there previously, but this was the first time I saw the Seventies collection there.  Yay!

Cowboys and Bandits (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3128 minutes) Note: I got this at Half Price Books on Rt 23 for $7.99 in Oct of 2015.  A little bit on the expenseive side, but I knew that this one didn't have much overlap with the other western box sets that I already had.

Musicals - 20 Movie Collection (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1706 minutes) Note: I got this in April 2017 from Walmart for $12.18 using a Walmart eGift Card purchased from My Coke Rewards.  All movies are from Columbia Pictures and some are even Oscar nominated.  Sweet!

Classic Sci-Fi TV (Mill Creek, 150 episodes, 3886 minutes)  Note: I got this in April 2017 from Ollie's in Sidney, OH for $5.99.

The Best Of Spaghetti Westerns (In the Tradition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) (Timeless Media Group, 20 movies, 1801 minutes) Note: I got this in April 2017 from Ollie's in Sidney, OH for $2.16.  Awesome price and nice quality on the prints of the movies!

Combat Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4296 minutes) Note: Picked this up on eBay late April 2017 for $6.00.  I wasn't quite sure what the overlap was going to be, but figured that it would be around 30%.  After further analysis, it turned out to be 50%.  Not my best bargain.

Timeless Family Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3708 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on the same day as Combat Classics (late April).  It had a price tag of  $3.09 including shipping.  It was too little for me to pass up.  I was hoping for a 60 to 70% overlap.  Alas, checking my collections there were 11 which I didn't already have.  D'oh!

Cowboy Legends (old version) (Mill Creek, 50 Movies, 2941 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on the same day as Combat Classics and Timeless Family Classics... and purchased with Rin Tin Tin.  Cost was $8.75 (with shipping) after getting to take 20% off for ordering another item (ie, Rin Tin Tin).  I knew that there was very little overlap.  Also knew that Mill Creek had just released a 2017 box set with the same name which had over 50% overlap with my collection, so I knew I needed to pick this one up quickly before the waters got muddy. 

The Legend of Rin Tin Tin (Mill Creek, 4 serials [48 total episodes], 881 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay for $3.50 along with Cowboy Legends in order to earn 20% off my order.  This set is four serials with each serial having 12 episodes for a total of 48 episodes.  Most of the episode run between 15 and 20 minutes each.  Contains serials from both the original Rin Tin Tin as well as Rin Tin Tin Jr.

Gunslinger Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3909 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on May 9th 2017 for $5.50 with shipping.  This was the first time I had used the Best Offer option on eBay.  The seller had it listed for 3.99 and 3.00 for shipping.  I put in a best offer bid for $2.50 and it was accepted.  By the time I purchased this, I had done a extreme checkup on my collection and knew that this collection had 40 movies that I didn't have yet.  Glad I got this one for such a good price.

Gorehouse Greats (Mill Creek, 12 movies, 1030 minutes) Note: Purchased at the Half Price Book Clearance (Warehouse) Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Picked up for 2 bucks.  Nine of the films were unique to my collection.  Not bad, even though gore films really aren't my thing. 

Under Fire (Mill Creek, 12 movies, 1145 min) Note: Purchased at the Half Price Book Clearance (Warehouse) Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Picked up for 1 dollar.  I was hoping that since this was one of the new collections that the overlap wouldn't be too bad.  Alas, only 5 of the movies were unique, but considering I only paid a dollar, I'm okay with that.  It's better than the Timeless Family Classics error. 

Kickin' It Shaolin Style (Mill Creek, 12 movies, 1060 minutes) Note: Purchased at the Half Price Book Clearance (Warehouse) Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Picked up for 2 bucks. I wasn't sure if this was 12 movies off of the Martial Arts 50 pack (which I have) or from the Iron Fist Frenzy 50 pack (which I don't have).  I took the gamble for 8 quarters.  And I was correct, it was from the Iron Fist Frenzy.  Good news is that all 12 were unique to my collection.  Bad news is that all 12 are from the Iron Fist Frenzy which prior to me purch'ing Kickin' It had zero overlap with my current collection and would likely have been my next purchase

Iron Fist Frenzy (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4226 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay in May 2017 for $18 after figuring out it was going to cost me about that much just to get the other 12 movies sets that make up Iron Fist Frenzy and still wouldn't have the 'bonus' 2 movies found on Iron Fist Frenzy.

Samurai Warriors Collection (TGG Direct, 12 movies, 1152 minutes) Note: Wife purchased this from Half Price Books in Hamilton for $6.  Packaging is literally a folded piece of cardboard with slits for the DVDs to sit in.  Needless to say, I put them in better sleeves so they don't get scratched before I watch them. Double Note: The Amazon link points to a 4 disc, 10 movie version of this collection.  The one I have is a 5 disc, 12 movie collection containing two more movies 'The Body Guard' and 'Dragon Princess'.

Crime Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3415 minutes) Note: I picked this up in May 2017 on eBay for $9.50.  Appears to be a sister set to the Dark Crimes 50 movie pack and possibly came first as it never got a plastic case release.

Billy The Kid (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1111 minutes) Note: Picked this up in May 2017 on eBay for $4 including shipping.  Lots of Buster Crabbe and Bob Steele as Billy the Kid and, I believe, every movie has Al St. John as his sidekick Fuzzy.

Frontier Justice (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3049 minutes) Note: Picked this up in June 2017 on eBay for $9.50.  This one took a bit of effort to get after the seller sent the wrong item.  But ultimately the correct item was shipped.



Total number of movies: 600 700 800 970 1370 1440 1540 1580 1820 1990
Total number of TV episodes: 700 850 904 1905 2055 (100 250 304 454 TV shows, 600 cartoons, 1001 commercials)
Total spent of these silly things: ~$150 ~$170 ~$185 ~$190 ~$225 $296 $321 $334 $355 $366 $412 !!!egads!!!
Total viewing time: 55064 minutes / ~918 hours / 38.25 days
Total viewing time: 61710 minutes / ~1028 hours / 42.85 days
Total viewing time: 68308 minutes / 1139 hours / 47.45 days
Total viewing time: 72425 minutes / 1207 hours / 50.30 days 
Total viewing time: 89585 minutes / 1493 hours / 62.21 days 
Total viewing time: 121799 minutes / 2030 hours / 84.58 days
Total viewing time: 128829 minutes / 2147 hours /89.46 days 
Total viewing time: 136500 minutes / 2275 hours /94.79 days 
Total viewing time: 143893 minutes = 2398 hours = 99.93 days straight 
Total viewing time: 162863 minutes = 2715 hours = 113.1 days straight
Total viewing time: 171,707 minutes = 2913 hours = 121.4 days straight
(or until the cows come home, or a little after)

How stupid is all this?  I'm glad I did this 'exercise' as it proves that I am basically stupid and a 'collector' with unreasonable wants. I would have to watch 1 movie and one TV episode EVERY DAY for over FOUR FIVE years in order to watch all this shit. Holy crap! What is wrong with me??? No, seriously, what is wrong with me???????  Cheese Louise!!! Help me, plz!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1 Leonid

I was up a little early this morning, and with the Leonids peaking this morning I figured I'd step outside and try to catch a meteor or two. I got one, but that was enough for me. I was tired. I hadn't slept well. It was cold. And the kids were tearing up the house.

Here's the time-line for morning of:
Date: 17-Nov-2010 Wednesday


6:45 AM - Leonid meteor - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: nice try
Yeah. It was a Leonid meteor. It was faint and orange like a few I've seen recently. Yay.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Eleven on Nov 14 2010

I was gonna go out last night super early. The Buckeyes were winning and the rest of the family had headed down to Cinci for the day, so I was free to go out as early as I liked. I grabbed my clipboard and satellite sheet and stepped outside... it was coast to coast clouds. Pretty much a sheet of clouds. So, I came back inside and continued watching the Buckeyes beat Joe Pa's team. I have to say this: Penn State played very good in the first half. The second half I think the defense stepped it up a notch and started causing issues with the Lions offense.

Tonight was a different night. The moon was at about 3/4 in the south and it was bright, but it was VERY clear so I powered through using the very thin shadow of the umbrella as best I could to make sure my eyes didn't get 'burnt out'. It was cold and I only had my lightweight jacked on so I only stayed out for 45 minutes.

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 14-Nov-2010 Sunday


6:45 PM - Zi Yuan-2B -or- JB-3 - 3.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2002-049-A
This is my fourth sighting of JB-3 2. It's name meaning Resource-2B, it was reported by the Chinese gov't to be helping with disaster recovery, crop yeilds, etc... however it is suspected that this may be the first Chinese high-res military imaging satellite system.

6:48 PM - Cosmos 44 - 3.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1964-053-A
This is my second sighting of this OLD satellite. Kosmos 44 is an experimental meteorological satellite which was launched in 1964.

6:50 PM - USA 102/Darpasat - 4.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1994-017-B
This is my first sighting of this object. Named Darpasat, it was created by a defense think-tank Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as an experiment to 'designed to demonstrate a low-cost, quick-reaction, high performance satellite and launch vehicle design and contruction'. It supposedly had a mission life of 3 years however it lasted 8 years due to careful battery life management. It supposedly met and exceeded all mission goals, though I can't find out what 'new technologies' were being tested. One site suggested it was for 'GPS receiver and data processor technology tests'. Another site mentioned 'Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space'. Okee dokee then.

6:52 PM - Cosmos 1766 Rocket - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1986-055-B
This is my first sighting of this Tsyklon-3 rocket body. Also of note, this is my first object observed that was launched in 1986. Kosmos 1766 was NOT an ELINT satellite but instead an Okean-O1 series oceanographic satellite which was created for ocean observations.

6:54 PM - Iridium 4 Dl Rocket - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1997-020-F
This is my second sighting of this Delta II (a Delta-7920-10C to be specific) rocket which launched Iridium 4.

6:58 PM - SkyMed 1 - 2.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-023-A
This is my seventh sighting of COSMO-SkyMed 1, an Italian earth observation satellite.

7:02 PM - Cosmos 1833 Rocket - 2.8 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1987-027-B
This is my second sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket which was used to launch Kosmos 1833 which was part of one of the Russian ELINT satellite networks. Of note, I last observed this object on Sept 25 2010 and it was the first satellite which I observed at a 90 degree altitude. This evening it was at a more reasonable 51 degrees.

7:05 PM - COSMO-SkyMed 4 - 3.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2010-060-A
This is my first sighting of the fourth and final satellite in the COSMO-SkyMed satellite network. I was very lucky to see this one. SkyMed 4 was launched on November 6th 2010. When I printed out my table for this evening, it was on Wednesday or Thursday. At that time, they had a different prediction posted. So, I had SkyMed 4 on my sheet. When the time came around, I looked but didn't see it anywhere. I shrugged and moved on. While looking for another satellite that was at 70 degrees, I noticed a VERY bright object moving in the opposite direction. So I wrote it down and moved on to the next thing. When I went to put in the details into my spreadsheet, I looked it up on one of the sites and noticed it was actually SkyMed 4. In those four days, they had made adjustments to the prediction! So, by sheer luck of there being something going by in that area of the sky was I able to see this one. Yay!

7:09 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.1 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is sighting number nineteen of Ol' Faithful. Bright as always.

7:16 PM - ASTEX - 3.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1971-089-A
This is my second sighting the Advanced Space Technology Experiment (ASTEX) satellite, launched in 1971.

7:21 PM - ISS - -0.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-067-A
This is my ninth sighting of the International Space Station.


Notes:
As far as my one objective to see one object from each year since 1958 (no objects from 1957 are still in orbit), I'm getting a little bit closer. I still need to see objects from the following years: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973 and 1979. Out of 52 years of spaceflight, I have seen an object from every year except for 11 of them with most of those being in the mid/late 1960s. Cool! I've also picked up a couple more Cosmos pairs (observing both the Kosmos satellite and the rocket which launched the satellite) though I'm not going to review that list this evening.

Friday, November 12, 2010

9 more on 11-12

Got to go out for another hour this evening. At first, I could have sworn that I just had the wrong sheet. I was seeing absolutely nothing on my list and seeing all kinds of vbright stuff that WASN'T on my list. When there was a break, I went back inside to look at the sites, just to make sure that maybe I hadn't used the site with the wrong location or maybe the wrong month... but nope, my list jived with what was on the website. So I went back out and then started seeing the crap I thought I should have been seeing. Weird. There were two really bright objects chasing each other at 6:58pm, but neither site had anything remotely close to the altitude or time. It was weird. Maybe it was something that launched in the past couple of days the sites aren't tracking yet. It's possible. Who knows. I also got to see my 250th object this evening. Read on to see what it was.

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 12-Nov-2010 Friday


6:52 PM - SkyMed 3 - 4.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2008-054-A
This is my third sighting of COSMO-SkyMed 3, an Italian earth observation satellite.

6:56:00 PM - ??? - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: none
6:56:20 PM - ??? - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: none
These two objects with the same magnitude (I estimate at a magnitude of 2) were basically following the same path as SkyMed 3, about 20 seconds apart, but neither site I look at had anything close timewise for these. I'm stumped. The only thing I can think of is that they were recently launched and the sites aren't tracking them yet.


Updated May 6th 2011
6:56:00 PM - Picard r DbE - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2010-028-E

This is my first sighting of this Dnepr-1 rocket (which itself is a converted ICBM). This rocket was used to launch the French PICARD satellite. According to Wikipedia, Picard was "dedicated to the simultaneous measurement of the absolute total and spectral solar irradiance, the diameter and solar shape, and to the Sun's interior probing by the helioseismology method." If you know what that means, let me know. :-) Three other satellites were deployed as well. PRISMA, a pair of Swedish satellite, is designed to fly in formation and do all kinds of other things (read Gunter's page for details). The two satellites had the cute names of Mango and Tango. BPA 1 was a Ukraine payload of aviation experiments which was mounted to the Dnepr-1's third stage.

6:56:20 PM - SMOS - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2009-059-A

This is my first sighting of the European SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) satellite. It does what it sounds like it does, as well as help with weather predictions as well as track snow and ice accumulations. It was launched into orbit using a Russian Rokot-KM rocket in 2009.


7:01 PM - Terra SAR X Db - 6.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-026-C
This is my first observation of this object, which is some debris from the launch of TerraSAR-X, a German earth observation satellite. It's not the rocket (that would be 2007-026-B) so I'm guessing that this would possibly be the protective cover for the satellite that is ejected when the satellite is put into orbit.

7:20 PM - Gravity ProbeB - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2004-014-A
This is my second sighting of the Gravity Probe B.

7:22 PM - Geosat - 3.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1985-021-A
This is my first sighting of Geosat (short for GEOdetic SATellite), a US Navy earth observation satellite which was launched in 1985. The satellite carried a radar altimeter capable of measuring the distance from the satellite to sea surface with a relative precision of about 5 cm (!!!). There's other good information on this sat on the wiki page.

7:25 PM - Helios 1B - 2.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1999-064-A
Hello, frenchies! Look at me! This is my eighth sighting of this French photo-recon satellite.

7:28 PM - ??? - 4.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: none
This was an orange shooting start coming out of the E heading west at about 45 degrees in the sky. Possibly a Leonid meteor.

7:57 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
NUMBER 250!!!! That's right, the ol faithful got to be number 250. I was hoping it would be! This my eighteen sighting of this object. One of these evenings, I'm going to have to attempt to see this twice in one night. There have been many nights were it could have been possible but usually I miss the early pass. D'oh!

Sorry for not going into detail on these... but the wife is hungry for some popcorn and I'm the f'ing popcorn master!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

11 on 11-11

Got to go out for an hour this evening. Armed with a list, I actually ended up with a perfect score which might be a first for me. By 'perfect score' I mean that see everything that is on my list from the time I go outside til the time I come in. I actually did better since I actually saw a few more including the ones on my list.

Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 11-Nov-2010 Thursday


6:42 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.8 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
Oh yeah! Ol Faithful! Sighting #17.

6:52 PM - SkyMed 2 - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-059-A
This is my third sighting of COSMO-SkyMed 2, the Italian earth observation satellite. A quick note, the final COSMO-SkyMed satellite, SkyMed 4, was launched on Nov 6th 2010. I'm hoping to grab a glimpse of this satellite (and its Delta 2 rocket) sometime this weekend.

6:56 PM - Gravity ProbeB - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2004-014-A
This is my first sighting of the Gravity Probe B. The goal of this satellite is to measure spacetime curvature near the earth. and thereby the stress-energy tensor (which is related to the distribution and the motion of matter in space) in and near Earth. This will provide a test of general relativity, gravitomagnetism and related models. Yeah, it all sounds like Star Trek to me. The wiki page goes into great detail and is pretty interesting to read.

6:58 PM - ??? - -1 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: none
This was a giant blue fireball that had a tail about 10 degrees long. It was heading NW to NE. It lasted a long time (about 2 to 3 seconds) compared to most shooting stars I see. Since it was in the north around the Big Dipper, this possibly was from the upcoming Leonids which center around the constellation Leo. Check out this picture, which is approximately the type of fireball I saw.

6:59 PM - Shijian6-3 LMr - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2008-053-C
This is my third sighting of this Long March 4B rocket body used to launch Shijian 6E and 6F.

7:02 PM - Cosmos 1844 Rocket - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1987-041-B
This is my first sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body which was used to launch Kosmos 1844, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite.

7:03 PM - Helios 1B - 2.8 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1999-064-A
This is my seventh sighting of Helios 1B, the French photo-recon satellite.

7:12 PM - ??? - 3.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: none
This object was a very brief, orange shooting star that was heading into the SE.

7:17 PM - Iridium 4 Dl Rocket - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1997-020-F
This is my second sighting of this Delta II rocket used to launch Iridium 4.

7:37 PM - ISS - -0.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-067-A
This is my eighth sighting of the International Space Station.

7:40 PM - SkyMed 1 - 4.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: - 2007-023-A
I'm taking a guess on this one. I could very well have been seeing crap for this one. Usually the site I do my research on will have SOMETHING that is nearby about the time I see something. But this one, is a bit of a stretch. It's possible that this was actually an airplane and since I was looking for the ISS in a few minutes, I may not have looked at it long enough.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A week and a half of sessions

This is gonna be a long post containing 43 observations (including observation #200). Sorry. I just haven't had time to get them in as I felt that REAL news like Halloween n Record Shows were more important. I'll try to only really go into detail for objects that I've not seen before. Once can only hear about Helios 1 or Resurs 1-4 so many times.

This post covers Oct 31 morning (technically a repeat) through Nov 10th (this evening). I had a killer session on Nov 1st with 18 objects. For this evening (Nov 10th), I told myself I was only gonna go out for an old rocket booster from 1974 but then I suckered myself to go outside to catch the ISS, Resurs 1-4 and a 1971 ASTEX satellite. Of the 7 I planned, I only missed one. Not bad.

Now... let the games begin!!!

Here's the time-line for the morning and evening of:
Date: 31-Oct-2010 Sunday


7:17 AM - Cosmos 2237 Rocket - 2.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1993-016-B
This object is a Zenit-2 rocket body which was used to launch the Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite, Kosmos 2237. This is my third sighting for this one.

7:23 PM - Shijian6-3 LMr - 3.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2008-053-C
This is my second sighting of this Long March 4B rocket body used to launch Shi Jian 6E and 6F satellites.

7:31 PM - Cosmos 1400 Rocket - 3.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1982-079-B
This is my first sighting of this Vostok-2M. This rocket was used to launch Kosmos 1400, a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite, in the year 1982.

7:33 PM - Shijian 7 LM Rocket - 3.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2005-024-B
This is my third sighting of this Chinese Long March 2D rocket used to launch the Shijian 7 experimental satellite

7:37 PM - Meteor 1-20 Rocket - 5.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1974-099-B
This is my first sighting of this Vostok-2M which was used by the Russians to put up the twentieth Meteor 1 meteorological satellite in 1974.

7:45 PM - Cosmos 1408 - 2.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1982-092-A
This is my second sighting of Kosmos 1408, a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite.




Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 1-Nov-2010 Monday


7:13 PM - AMC 9 BrzTank - 4.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2003-024-B
This is my first sighting of this Briz-M upper stage from a Proton-M rocket. It was used to launch AMC 9, a geostationary communications satellite that provides direct-to-home digital TV to the United States and Canada.

7:25 PM - ISS - -1.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-067-A
This is my fifth sighting of the International Space Station.

7:28 PM - Cosmos 44 Rocket - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1964-053-B
This is my first sighting of this Vostok-2M which was used by the Russians in 1964 to put up Kosmos 44, an experimental meteorological satellite. If you remember, Kosmos 44 was one of the really old objects I was trying to see... and I was successful on Oct 7th 2010.

7:33 PM - Cosmos 1400 Rocket - 3.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1982-079-B
This is my second sighting (and second night in a row) of this Vostok-2M rocket.

7:34 PM - Helios 1B - 3.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1999-064-A
This is my fifth sighting of Helios 1B, a French photo-recon satellite.

7:36 PM - Meteor 2-21 Rocket - 5.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1993-055-C
This is my first sighting of this Tsyklon-3 rocket which was used by the Russians to deploy the 21st (and last) Meteor 2 meteorological satellite. I guess Meteor 2-21 was a bit distinctive due to its unique retroreflector array. Read up at the link. It's a bit too complex to try to explain here. :)

7:45 PM - NOAA 1 Rocket - 5.5 Magnitude (NUMBER 200!!!)
Int'l Designator: 1970-106-B
THIS IS MY 200th SIGHTING! It is fitting that this object would be both an older object (from 1970) and also be the first time seeing it. This object is a Delta N6 rocket body. Here is another pic of the Delta N6. This rocket was used to launch two satellite. The first NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) satellite (also known as ITOS A) was used to provide infrared and visual observations of earth cloud cover for use in weather forecasting. The second was CEP 1 (CEPE) which was an experiment piggybacked onto the second stage of the Delta N6 and stupid electron density, temperature and ion current. The Delta N6 was used only 3 times, and all three times it was used for ITOS satellites.

7:38 PM - Cosmos 1408 - 2.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1982-092-A
This is my third sighting of Kosmos 1408, a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite.

7:50 PM - Lacrosse 5 - 1.8 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2005-016-A
This is my sixth sighting of the NRO U.S. recon satellite, Lacrosse 5.

7:57 PM - Cosmos 2263 Rocket - 2.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1993-059-B
This is my first sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body. It was used to launch Kosmos 2263, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite.

7:58 PM - Cosmos 1867 - 3.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1987-060-A
This is my first sighting of Kosmos 1867. This satellite was a RORSAT (Radar Ocean Reconnaissance SATellite) which was used to search the oceans for naval and merchant ships. It is powered by a TOPAZ 1 nuclear reactor. It also contained a Hall effect (ion) thruster.

8:01 PM - Cryosat 2 Rocket - 5.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2010-013-B
This is my first sighting for this Russian Dnepr-1 rocket. The Dnepr-1 is a converted Russian ICBM. This rocket was used to put the second CryoSat satellite into orbit. The CryoSat satellites use radar to determine the thickness of the polar ice sheets. The launch of the first CryoSat satellite failed use to a programmatic error in the launch vehicle (which was a Rokot, another re-purposed ICBM, not a dnept-1).

8:04 PM - Skymed 2 - 3.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-059-A
This is my second sighting of the COSMO-SkyMed 2 Italian earth observation satellite.

8:04 PM - IRAS Rocket - 4.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1983-004-B
This is my second sighting of this Delta 3910 rocket that was used to put the IRAS telescope into orbit.

8:06 PM - Cosmos 1315 Rocket - 3.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1981-103-B
This is my second sighting of this Vostok-2M rocket body which was used to launch Kosmos 1315, a Russian ELINT Tselina-D satellite.

8:21 PM - Tansuo 1 LM2r - 2.8 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2004-012-C
This is my ninth sighting of this Long March 2C rocket body. It was used to launch the Tansuo 1 satellite which was capable stereo imaging.

8:25 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my 14th sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body.

8:25 PM - Meteor 3-6 - 5.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1994-003-A
This is my first sighting of Meteor 3-6, a Russian meteorological satellite.




Here's the time-line for morning of:
Date: 3-Nov-2010 Wednesday


7:01 AM - Cosmos 2026 Rocket - 4.1 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1989-042-B
This is my first sighting of this Kosmos-3M rocket which was used to launch the Russian Kosmos 2026 which, amazingly enough _not_ an ELINT satellite. Kosmos 2026 was a Parus satellite, which are used for communications and navigation. There have been 99 Parus satellites launched since Kosmos 700 in 1974 (which is still in orbit, btw).

7:04 AM - shooting star - 5.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: nope
I believe this to be just one of those random shooting stars, not affiliated with any specific meteor shower. Or it could just be some space junk burning up in the atmosphere.




Here's the time-line for morning of:
Date: 7-Nov-2010 Sunday

6:21 AM - Cosmos 2406 Rocket - 3.1 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2004-021-B
This is my first sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body which was used to launch Kosmos 2406, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite.




Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 8-Nov-2010 Monday

I remember this evening. In my haste, I mistaken wrote down a bunch of satellites... unfortunately my military time brain was off and I picked up 18:00hr (6PM) satellites when I should have been picking up 19:00 (7PM) satellites. In a 1/2 hour I managed to see one satellite by chance.

7:33 PM - Helios 1B - 3.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1999-064-A
This is my sixth sighting of Helios 1B, a French photo-recon satellite.




Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 9-Nov-2010 Tuesday


6:02 PM - Envisat Ari5 Rocket - 2.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2002-009-B
This is my first sighting of this Ariane 5 rocket body. This rocket was used to launch Envisat (Environmental Satellite) which is a European Space Agency (ESA) earth observation satellite. It is also the largest earth observation satellite ever put into orbit. It's got cool stuff on it. However, we should be focusing on the Ariane 5 rocket which is used to put objects into GTO (geostationary transfer orbit) or LEO (low earth orbit). It consists of a main motor which used liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen and two solid rocket boosters.

6:44 PM - Cosmos 1606 - 2.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1984-111-A
This is my first sighting of Kosmos 1606, a Russian Tselina-D ELINT satellite.

6:46 PM - ISS - -1.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-067-A
This is my sixth sighting of the International Space Station.

6:55 PM - Cosmos 2278 Rocket - 2.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1994-023-B
This is my first sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body which launched Kosmos 2278, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite.

6:58 PM - Iridium 4 Dl Rocket - 3.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1997-020-F
This is my first sighting of this Delta 7920-10C rocket body. It was used to put the Iridium 4 satellite into orbit. The Delta 7920-10C is in the Delta II rocket family. The numbering system is explained on the wiki page.

7:00 PM - Cosmos 2082 Rocket - 2.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1990-046-B
This is my first sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body which was used to launch Kosmos 2082, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite.

7:04 PM - Skymed 1 - 2.6 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2007-023-A
This is my fifth sighting of COSMO-Skymed 1, an Italian earth observation satellite.

7:21 AM - shooting star - 4.0 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: nope
Just a shooting star or piece of space junk burning up.

7:30 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 1.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my 15th sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body. Ol' faithful!




Here's the time-line for evening of:
Date: 10-Nov-2010 Wednesday


6:23 PM - Cosmos 660 Rocket - 1.9 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1974-044-B
This was the only object I was planning on seeing on November 10th, however I ended up running downstairs and writing a few more down. This is my first time seeing this Kosmos-3M rocket body which, in 1974, launched the first Russian Taifun-1/Vektor satellite which was a radar calibration target.

6:46 PM - Cosmos 2082 Rocket - 2.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1990-046-B
This is my second sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body which put Kosmos 2082, a Russian Tselina-2 ELINT satellite into orbit.

6:55 PM - Inmarsat4-F3Tk - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2008-039-B
This is my first sighting of this Briz-M tank. This particular second stage launched the Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite, owned by British telecom company Inmarsat, which is used in broadband communications.

6:57 PM - ASTEX - 3.3 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1971-089-A
This is my first sighting of the ASTEX (Advanced Space Technology Experiment) satellite which was designed to test advanced development payloads. Read more at the link for lots of stuff that I couldn't quite grasp since I'm getting tired. I can tell you that it was launched in 1971 but ended up killing itself when it failed to heed a 'stop transmission' command and the darn thing ended up transmitting itself to death.

7:06 PM - Resurs 1-4 Rocket - 2.2 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-043-G
This is my 16th sighting of this Zenit-2 rocket body.

7:11 PM - ISS - -1.5 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1998-067-A
This is my 7th sighting of the International Space Station.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

A weeks worth of updates and satellites

Here's a weeks worth of what's been going on... Enjoy!
This is a big post so just skip to the sections you care about.

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I wrote the last update Halloween morning. The grandparent's came up to help take the kids out for trick-or-treat. I passed out candy. While I love seeing my kids all dressed up, I'm too much of a control freak to actual go out with them (actually, that's a crock cause when lil N was two, I was the one who went out with her and it was fun. Anyhoo... I set up my station in the driveway to pass out candy. Everyone else went out. Lil N was a cat, lil A was a dog. M said that after about 5 houses, lil N proclaimed 'I'm done.' And M said 'oh, heck no. I didn't bring the grandparents up here for 5 houses'. Also after about 5 houses lil A started getting restless. However, M being the quick thinking mom that she is, simply gave him a sucker and he was pleased as punch the rest of the evening. Also, at some point between houses, lil N out of nowhere exclaimed "I LOVE HALLOWEEN!". M said it was too cute.

I on the other hand was getting bombarded. Last year we had about 150 kids, I believe. I surveyed the candy and determined, yeah, we had plenty. 6pm rolled around and within the first 15 minutes, I had already given out treats to 50 kids. The first BIG bag of candy was gone. It was a 100 pc bag, but I was giving out two since they were kinda small. I was starting to regret it already. I pretty much got hammered for the first hour and 15 minutes. All told, I had about 250 to 270 kids. Egads! I think much of that was due to Halloween actually being on a weekend, even more so a Sunday. Not many parents were having to scramble home from work n whatnot. Everyone had all day to think about it , prepare for it, etc. My Dad sat outside with me for a while. Since we were looking east, I was able to point out some satellites him. I had my clipboard with me since the ISS was heading overhead at 7pm (I missed it cause I was too busy handing out candy), so I got to write them down.

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I finally got the car back on Tuesday evening. They fixed everything for a little under $2000. The price was lower than I had anticipated, so that was something to be somewhat happy about. I think they even fit the headlight that was out for 'free'. I also got a oil change out of it, but I don't really think they had much choice on that one. Anyways, it seems fine. Only occasionally is there smoke coming off the engine which is prolly it just burning off whatever fluids they got on it while handling the engine parts. Hopefully it doesn't burst into flames.

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Saturday rolled around and it was record show time again. I headed up to the record show around 11am. I browsed and browsed and browsed. I kept looking for Ian but never saw him, I figured he was just blending in. Around 12:15pm there was a tap on my shoulder. It was Ian. He misread the email and thought I was picking him up (since I had done that once before) so he had just gotten there. Since we were suppose to meet Todd for lunch at 12:30pm, I rang him up. Unfortunately his dog was sick so he wasn't going to be able to make it (Get well soon, Sammy!) So I kept perusing. Ian much have worked at breakneck speed and I must have been crawling since I was actively looking through various $1,$2 record bins. After about an hour Ian said he was done and I hadn't even gotten to the last row. I was already out about $20 so I figured it was okay to call it a day. After the record show, we headed over to the Mafia King Gyro Shoppe (that's not it's real name) and shot the crap for a couple of hours. I had a reasonable lunch (just a #1 for $5.99) unlike last time when my bill came out to $16.

Here's a quick list of what I picked up:
LP - 1974 - Emerson Lake and Palmer - "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies and Gentle Men" = Yes, that is the entire title of the album. It's even on the spine that way. This is a three album with a nearly useless gatefold. And it was $2. W00t!

LP - 1972 - Foghat - "Foghat" = I believe this is Foghat's debut album. It contains 'I Just Want To Make Love To You'. Ithas a totally lo-fi 2 color cover with brown ink.

LP - 1973 - Buddy Rich - "The Monster" = A two LP classic from the man on the drums himself. This should be a sweet listen.

LP - ??? - Mercury Records presents Zig-Zag Festival. I don't know what the hell this 2 LP collection is. At first, I actually thought it was a recording for some 1970s festival, however I'm not so sure now. I honestly think it is just a Mercury Records sampler trying to cash in on the Woodstock craze. Here's a pic of the record.

LP - 1984 - "Electric Dreams" Original Soundtrack = This is the soundtrack for a movie about a guy and his computer. I love this movie. They've never put it out on DVD. Even the VHS copies are hard to find. Anyhoo, finding this was truly a 'no way!' moment. It's in pristine condition with the shinkwrap still on it.

CD - 1995 - fourplay - "Elixer" = This is a group that does smooth jazz. I got their debut album as a promo when I was working at the video store. Good stuff.

CD - 1985 - Leonard Berstein conducts "West Side Story" = This is a 2 CD album. It was a dollar. I love "West Side Story" so I couldn't pass this up. I believe I have the DVD which shows the making of this album.

CD - 1984 - Queensryche - "The Warning" = At some point I had this CD, however it has gone missing. I suspect grabby little fingers from moving it on me. Anyways, this was my most expensive item at $4.

and now, the pièce de résistance,

CD - 2009 - Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise - The Musical" = That's right. Eddie Money made a musical about his life. He's even on the darn thing. It must be the world's shortest musical with only 7 songs on this CD (including one listed as "Intro"). I literally laughed out loud when I saw this one. Even more amusing is that the only Eddie Money song I recognize on this thing is "Two Tickets To Paradise".

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I'll list my satellite sessions later.