Re: Telescope satellite tracking

From: Anthony Ayiomamitis (anthony@perseus.gr)
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 02:45:48 PDT

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    Rik,
    
           Have a look at the SatelliteTracker software produced by Brent Boshart at
    http://sattracker.hypermart.net - this is a really neat program that allows LX200 scopes to continuously
    track satellites while overhead.
    
           Brent is now working to make the software also compatible with the Losmandy mounts and, more
    specifically, the Gemini system.
    
           One of the options within the program is the exporting to an ASCII file the necessary coordinates of a
    particular pass (I do not remember the time interval but it may be something like 2 seconds) as per one of
    your questions below.
    
    Anthony.
    
    > Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 09:53:32 -0700 (MST)
    > From: Rik Hill <rhill@LPL.Arizona.EDU>
    > To: videoastro@yahoogroups.com
    > CC: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
    >
    > 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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