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PhaedrusUpshaw
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Ideal NEO Equipment?
      #5495254 - 10/29/12 08:16 PM

Still a novice, however I have been attempting to track satellites across the night sky with my 10 inch Dob. This is an endeavor that can be both challenging and rewarding. I would like some ideas or opinions concerning the most ideal equipment to use for viewing Near Earth Objects.
Thank you,
Bill


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: PhaedrusUpshaw]
      #5501906 - 11/03/12 01:32 AM

OK, how about some ideas concerning some not so "ideal" instruments for observing Near Earth Objects. I am thinking a wide field of view would probably be advantageous.
Clear skies to all,
Bill

Edited by PhaedrusUpshaw (11/03/12 01:36 AM)


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: PhaedrusUpshaw]
      #5502124 - 11/03/12 09:40 AM

Most observers who track satellites use a Meade or Celestron goto mount running one of these two popular tracking programs:

Satellite Tracker:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/satellitetracker/

Optic Tracker:

http://www.optictracker.com/Home.html

I've used "Satellite Tracker" in the past with my Meade 12" LX200 and it does a good job. I've been meaning to try "Optic Tracker" ... it looks very impressive!


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5502384 - 11/03/12 12:59 PM

Quote:

Most observers track satelllites use a Meade or Celestron goto mount running one of these two popular tracking programs:

Satellite Tracker:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/satellitetracker/

Optic Tracker:

http://www.optictracker.com/Home.html

I've used "Satellite Tracker" in the past with my Meade 12" LX200 and it does a good job. I've been meaning to try "Optic Tracker" ... it looks very impressive!




Thanks for the post skyguy, it gives me someplace to start. Currently I have an Orion Sirius Computerized GoTo mount and wonder if it could be used or modified to be used for tracking satellites. Budget is definitely a consideration so I am trying to do this on a shoestring, as it were.
Clear skies,
Bill


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: PhaedrusUpshaw]
      #5502468 - 11/03/12 02:11 PM

You can use "Satellite Tracker" with your Sirius mount. However, it takes a lot of configuration to get it to work. Fortunately, it won't cost anything except your time and perseverance!

You can get the how-to instructions from the Yahoo "satellitetracker" group:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/satellitetracker/message/4732

You might have to join this group to see this message.

Good Luck ...


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5502740 - 11/03/12 06:02 PM

Quote:

You can use "Satellite Tracker" with your Sirius mount. However, it takes a lot configuration to get it to work. Fortunately, it won't cost anything except your time and perseverance!

You can get the how-to instructions from the Yahoo "satellitetracker" group:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/satellitetracker/message/4732

You might have to join this group to see this message.

Good Luck ...



WOW, this is incredible it might take a while, however I am rather excited about the possibilities of Satellite Tracker and EQMOD. Thank you for the link and information skyguy.
Clear skies,
Bill


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Re: Ideal NEO Equipment? new [Re: PhaedrusUpshaw]
      #5528756 - 11/19/12 08:36 PM

That optic tracker is pretty look and I have that same joystick and pretty much everything you need just minus the telescope.

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