I’ve been staring at the sun again... safely of course!
I noticed several satellite transits across the solar disk during my observing.
The first was pretty big (probably 40 or more arc seconds) and fast (probably under .5 seconds), and I could definitely see some angular (as in jagged, not as in degrees of size) sort of shape to it. Very cool one.
The second one was tiny and slower, round, probably 25 arc seconds in apparent visual size, and a full 1.5 seconds to transit the solar disk.
The third was medium to small (35 arc seconds) boxy looking, and also 1.5 seconds to transit.
These are all of course my best estimates, as I wasn’t imaging.
I’m comparing in my mind what I saw today to the three ISS solar transits and one lunar transit that I’ve seen and photographed in the last year, knowing what each of their respective angular diameters and transit times were for those events.
It’s always neat to see a satellite through the scope, but what most surprises me is the number I saw in the time that I did. I probably had 25-30 minutes of total time with my eyes actually observing through the eyepiece.
So, that brings the question... what’s your rate of satellites in the eyepiece? —and I mean the unplanned observations of them.
1 every ten minutes seems high, but that’s where I was today.
Last night I got one wizzing across the eyepiece while staring at Jupiter. probably had roughly 30 minutes on the eyepiece, so my rate was lower.
I have never kept track, and I wonder how it will average out over time.
Anyone have a log where they have some long-term numbers?
Just one of those nerdy astronomy questions about which I’d love to hear others’ accounts.