Central Obs Database

From: Pat Curran (pkcurran@iol.ie)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 10:22:20 PDT

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    Hi List,
               I have been following the "Intro" and "Beginners..."  threads
    today with great interest. Yes, there is a need to bring together the two
    groups of observers on this List - beginners and advanced observers (someone
    objected to been called a professional here in the recent past :) ).
    I saw my first two iridium flares in the past few days but was afraid to
    post a report because I had no "added value" to the obs not having timed the
    events - I just sat back with a mug of tea and watched the area in the sky
    where the predicted flares were to occur - not knowing what to expect, I
    very nearly ignored the satellite which began getting brighter and brighter
    and then flared - I was expecting to see a FLASH!
    One way of bringing beginners and advanced observers together on this list
    would be to create a standardised database for all observations and pool the
    various formats that presently exist. I am not a programmer, but I suspect
    it would not be a big task to setup such a database on a website and have
    access granted to all subscribers of SeeSat who would wish to make
    observations. If this did not work out, then a webmaster could be appointed
    to run the site, take obs from observers via email or whatever and post them
    ... just my two cents worth :)
    Pat Curran
    [pkcurran@iol.ie][www.iol.ie/~pkcurran/ ]
    SE Ireland (Co. Kilkenny)  52.4369N 6.9761W 80M
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