Flashing geosat

From: Bart De Pontieu <BDP_at_MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 1995 15:26:23 -0400

The following message was forwarded to me by Chris Steyaert. It originally
appeard on Compuserve, but I thought its content was also interesting to
the SeeSat subscribers.

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#: 216306 S3/Viewing Satellites
    24-Apr-95 14:01:39
Sb: Intsat 2-2 dx
Fm: J. Thomas Jeffrey 73220,2435
To: All

A couple of weeks ago someone posted a letter about viewing satellites in
geosynchronous orbit and wondering if these satellites could be seen by
observing flashes of sunlight.

Tonight I was able to see the satellite INTSAT 2-2 dX (this satellite is in \
the Kepele.nas file for this week). I used Traksat 2.8 to predict it's
position. I then plotted the position using Uranometria 2000.

Using my 14 inch telescope with a low power eyepiece (giving a magnification
of 44X) I was able to see the satellite. But the only reason I saw it was
because every 6 seconds there was a bright flash. In between flashes the
satellite could not be seen.

The satellite was 38,150 Km from me at the time of the observation.

Thomas
Sequoia National Park
Received on Tue Apr 25 1995 - 15:29:13 UTC

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