RE: Ready to see NROL 25 tonight

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2012 - 12:06:45 UTC

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    Kevin Fetter wrote:
    > Before the sky get's to bright, I aimed at where it's predicted to pass.
    > I wanted to see, if I could setup on the deck, to see it. I was thinking, I might have to go
    > into the front yard, as the sat passes across the sky, where tree's get in the way. But I be
    > ok on the deck, for a short view, before tree's get in the way.
    > I be suprised if I get to see it, as I can see it now, the clouds will show up.
    > Twilight will be in effect, but I know I will be able to see stars, when it's predicted to
    > pass.
    That's great; I was hoping you would try for it. I took advantage of the clear sky yesterday to check out the darkness
    and select my intercept point. At the predicted time of the pass, darkness was more than adequate to see the payload and
    rocket. I am likely to have to settle for somewhat brighter, more distantly spaced reference stars than I prefer. Your
    more easterly location will be 15 min deeper into twilight, so conditions will much better.
    Cloud is forecast for the twilight pass, but I am optimistic it will clear in time. Sky should certainly be clear for
    one or more of the later passes.
    Ted Molczan
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