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Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS
      #5994816 - 07/28/13 02:18 PM

Hi all...I just read a post from someone who has been observing the ISS in his scope while passing overhead and it was even a Dob! He states that he is able to make out the outline and solar panels in the EP. That seems like a pretty cool thing to see and I would like to learn more about it. I have an LS8 that I believe has a satellite tracking mode in it? So wondering how you go about it and have the scope Go To it when it breaks the horizon and follow it across the sky?

Thanks for any tips in advance.

Bob


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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: REC]
      #5995364 - 07/28/13 07:32 PM

I will be watching this thread as I also would be interested and just have not taken the time to dig myself. I have been told it is pretty easy, let's hope so!!

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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: nitegeezer]
      #5995701 - 07/28/13 10:47 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

The most popular, freeware program to track satellites with your telescope is "Satellite Tracker" by Brent Boshart. It works with the Meade LX200 "Classic" and "GPS" and "LX200 Compatible" scopes and the Autostar models (497,495 and 495). It also works with the Celestron NexStar GPS, 8i and 5i telescopes and the CGE mounts.

It can be found on the public Yahoo Group ... "satellitetracker· Satellite Tracker Software":

Satellite Tracker

Look for the SAT.exe file.

I've used this program for many years to track satellites with my LX200 "Classic". It works great, it's very accurate and loads of fun! Good Luck ...


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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #6000760 - 07/31/13 11:23 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the info skyguy.

John


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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: geminijk]
      #6001145 - 08/01/13 08:41 AM

Hey John, have you ever done this with your LS? I hear we are supposed to be able to do it and I think it would be pretty cool to actually see some detail of the ISS as it goes flying by.

Heavens above say it will be visible here in NC for the next few day, IF we ever get a clear night!

Bob


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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: REC]
      #6001176 - 08/01/13 09:09 AM

The Meade Autostar/Audiostar does have this capability built-in. The manual explains how to activate it. I have not personally used it so I can't comment on how well it works.

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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: wags1]
      #6007605 - 08/05/13 01:11 PM

My wife gets a text last night that indicated the ISS was flying over for 5 minutes. She came up to bed and DEMANDED I get my telescope set up to track it tonight as it does a 6 minute flyover. I now need to figure all this out during the day so I can be prepared.

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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #6009781 - 08/06/13 03:56 PM

If my memory serves me right you can get the "orbital element" from here http://www.meade.com/support/auto.html
Go to the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions. I think you copy what you want, paste into a text document. Upload it via Meade's updater.
I think you select your satellite do a goto before it starts. The handbox counts down. You hit enter when it gets to zero. Be prepared to do some fast manual handbox slewing to catch up. You may have to do some manual slewing for corrections. It has been a while but it works.

Terry


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Re: Tracking and Observing Sattelites ISS new [Re: Bluto69]
      #6011274 - 08/07/13 11:24 AM

I have a simple phone ap that I can set to give reminders for a variety of flyovers. Last night (Aug 6) we got a beautiful view of the ISS overhead -- at 79 degrees and vis. mag -4. It went right past Vega from my view, and was quite a bit brighter!

Haven't ever tried to telescope it, however.


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