The other nite for the first time in my astronomy career I watched a train of satellites (4) following one right after the other like whats being complained about by many astronomers in this forum, in particular ! It was odd to see but they sure weren’t big or shiny like some keep complaining about, it sure wasn’t a doomsday happening for future generations. The stars weren’t in any danger of being blocked out if those measly little things were any indication, they were pretty small and faint to be honest. Are you sure its going to be the end of the night skies as we know it, sell all our gear, maybe ........ ?? Maybe the sky won’t fall and Santa will come again next Xmas ! What gives here ?? Clear clear nite skize !
Thanks for your not much heard opinion about the matter, I think it is a good add!
Things to avoid (for anyone that cares to opine):
#1 satellites aren't stars that have a fixed magnitude like so many things 'we on CN' are familiar with.....
#2 observing recently launched satellites not in their final orbit is not necessarily an indicator of ANYTHING.
-look at the threads about the drama people had of trying to spot the manned Space-X Dragon before it reached the ISS. If satellite 'spotting' is so simple then ???????
#3 I dare anyone that is so passionate on their opinions to actually go out and do a little homework on the matter looking up at the sky.
----there are lots of tools and info out there to:
a. know exactly WHICH starlink satellite you are looking at
b. pick ones that aren't recently launched but are in their permanent orbit.
c. observe these SAME ones over the course of a series of nights or even over the same clear night.....
#4 newsflash to all those 'experts' who like to say....."but multiply that by thousands.....'---If you look at the number of starlinks that are up already and actually try to see any number of the ones in final position, you might learn something.