Iridium 20 (#24871)

Cees Bassa (
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 19:33:19 +0200


	I've read in one of the files that was included with the latest version of
IRIDFLAR, that Iridium 20 produces, now predictable, flares. It also states
that these flashes are to short to be noticed with the eye. Is that because
the satellite is rapidly turning around it's axis?
	I would also like to know what the standard, not flashing, magnitude is. 
	I have a 7x50 binoculars and a 114mm F/7.9 reflector. For all I know these
instruments should be able to spot a satellite. Since Iridium 20 is passing
quite close the the zenit in the mornings, I'm planning some observations
to it. 

Many thanx in advance,
	Cees Bassa