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#1 pmaxim

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:13 AM

Anyone interested in the subject?
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! We enjoy having new members join us on the forums!

Indeed; I think you will find many here interested in satellites! Here's a link that I use frequently:

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Don't hesitate to share your sightings with us. :)

#3 pmaxim

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

Thank you for the welcome.
I am registered since many years in the heavens-above and calsky.
For my blog I use both of them.
http://myorbiter.blogspot.com

In this forum I am searching other people that have my same hobby to exchange information and parameters to use.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

I'm not a big satellite watcher, but I did make a point of spotting everything left in orbit launched during the 1950's. It's not a long list, and I had fun doing it. :) The oldest things still in orbit are the Vanguard 1 satellite and it's launch rocket, from March 17, 1958.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

sure, watching sats passing by is good fun. by chance i accendently discovered a tumbling sat a few weeks ago. i verified what sat it was using heaves above and viewing it multiple days in a row. if you get a chance and Landsat 4 is passing over you get out and view it. it flairs at a bright mag of by my estimation somewhere between 1 and 2 and dims down to just over 4 over and over again in a pattern, pretty neat.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:32 PM

based on your location in your profile you should have a great visible pass tomorrow night

http://www.heavens-a...g=15.1&loc=C...

#7 pmaxim

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:38 AM

I never observed Landsat 4.
This evening, if the weather allows, I will try to watch it.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

unfortunately it was cloudy...
I will try next time.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

My 10" Atlas does a great job tracking satellites, so now and then I go out and bag a few. Last year at the Grand Canyon Star Party, while the other volunteers were showing off eye candy in the sky, I set up and tracked the ISS and Hubble back to back one night. With a big crowd all they could do was watch the Telrad, but the scope doing a fast slew across the sky and wait for the satellites to pop into view was quite a different experience with the other 54 telescopes on Saturn or deep sky objects.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:29 AM

My 10" Atlas does a great job tracking satellites, so now and then I go out and bag a few. Last year at the Grand Canyon Star Party, while the other volunteers were showing off eye candy in the sky, I set up and tracked the ISS and Hubble back to back one night. With a big crowd all they could do was watch the Telrad, but the scope doing a fast slew across the sky and wait for the satellites to pop into view was quite a different experience with the other 54 telescopes on Saturn or deep sky objects.


Hi.
Did you take some picture of that event?
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:37 AM

Check out the SeeSat usergroup, they are serious satellite observers. I have completed the satellite observers pin from the Astronomical League and I still enjoy observing them. My favorites are the Lacrosse spy satellites and anything that are flashers/flaring.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

Thanks Preston! This thread is getting me interested in satellites now! I've seen many, but never thought of identifying them!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

Check out the SeeSat usergroup, they are serious satellite observers. I have completed the satellite observers pin from the Astronomical League and I still enjoy observing them. My favorites are the Lacrosse spy satellites and anything that are flashers/flaring.


Thanks for this link, it has a ton of great info! This thread has helped reignite my interest in satellite observing. I got into it a few months ago when reading about people determining the orbits of newly launched spy satellites., but couldn't find any truly good info such as this.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Carol,
For the most part Heavens-Above will tell you what 99% of the stuff is up there. Only thing it is a little bit rough when it comes to new launches or Progress/ATV/Soyuz launches to the ISS.

jmandell,
The SeeSat user group folks should be able to hook you up with observing recently launched spy satellites.






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