Re: Optical Instruments

From: Brian Howell (
Date: Sun Aug 25 2002 - 23:09:52 EDT

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    At 11:38 25/08/02, you wrote:
     >Hi All,
     >I've been visiting Mr. Josef Huber's website on his observations of the 
    ISS. I'm interested in trying out those type of observations where the 
    spaceframe can be observed, not just the reflected light. I'm going to be 
    obtaining 20x80 super giant astronomy binoculars to advance my observations 
    a bit, amongst my other astronomy interests.. I'm interested to know if 
    anyone else has these high power binoculars and what their results were if 
    they observed MIR [ when it was still up there. ] and the ISS. Maybe we can 
    compare results...Also, has anyone done this with the Meade ETX telescope 
    Bob, I dont think the 20x80 binos will have enough magnification
    to show enough detail.
    If you look closely at the specs, I think you will find ETX telescopes cant 
    slew fast enough to track close passes of the ISS and other objects in
    similar or lower orbits. I dont know whether you can use such telescopes
    purely manually.
    Tony Beresford
    I am planning on buying Meade's 14" LX200 when it comes out.  One of the 
    uses I'm planning to get it for is viewing satellites like ISS and HST, 
    ect.  Is the lack of slewing speed for tracking close passes of ISS and 
    others, limited to the ETX series?  I would like to get into telescopic 
    satellite observing, and would appreciate some feed back from you guys who 
    are already doing this kind of observing.
    Brian Howell
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