Hunting for satellites
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:35 AM
I am registered since many years in the heavens-above and calsky.
For my blog I use both of them.
In this forum I am searching other people that have my same hobby to exchange information and parameters to use.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:58 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:27 PM
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:38 AM
This evening, if the weather allows, I will try to watch it.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:20 PM
I will try next time.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:28 PM
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.
Did you take some picture of that event?
Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:37 AM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:09 AM
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.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:13 PM
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.
The SeeSat user group folks should be able to hook you up with observing recently launched spy satellites.