Re: Telescope satellite tracking

From: Rik Hill (rhill@LPL.Arizona.EDU)
Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 09:53:32 PDT

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    I may be conceiving the reinvention of the wheel, and if so, I
    apologise in advance. I bring this up because it came to me as
    I attempt to do video of satellites. 
    
    It should be possible, with current computing ability, to calculate the
    set an equatorial mount of a telescope such that with movement of only
    one axis one could follow any given satellite. All one would need is
    the azimith latitude of the point where the polar axis of the telescope
    should point. It would be great if this were listed somewhere
    (Heavens-Above?) for the different satellite passages of each day.
    Another useful parameter would be a drive rate but now I may be getting
    greedy.
    
    If this has already been done, great, just tell me where!
    
    Best,
    
    -Rik
    
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