A satellite through Orion Nebula???
Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:20 AM
After that i pointed my refractor to the always great Orion Nebula. First observed a nice wide view of 30X and 41X.
Then i decided to crank up the power to have a look at the Trapezium which i almost never do. Quite a view at 197X !
However, after observing for several minutes i noticed a small light moving from north to south through the view. Usually when i catch a satellite in the view (has happened a hand-full of times) they are quite bright, but this one was very dim. It was close to the limit of visibility for my 6" refractor. So most likely somewhere around 12th or 13th magnitude. Since my mount is not automatic, i readjusted the view to make sure that i was not seeing some kind reflection on my eyepiece. It was still there and moving slowly.
Did anyone else notice anything similar?
Or does anyone have the knowledge to look up satellite trajectories?
To be precise, this happened the night of Monday night at almost exactly 9pm PST, which translates to 05:00 UT of 12/31.
I realize that there are probably hundreds of satellites out there and maybe i saw one that is not monitered by public resources, or maybe one really far away. Or was it something else?!?!?! hahaha
Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:44 AM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:40 PM
I would think that because of its position at -5 degree dec many in the northern hemisphere would be looking right through the orbital plane for geostationary satellites when looking at Orion.
Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:37 PM