ObsReduce 1.0 available

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Aug 05 2003 - 00:10:22 EDT

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    ObsReduce is my MS Windows program that reduces observations of satellites
    relative to the background stars into their precise coordinates. Observers
    identify their reference stars in a simulated binocular or telescope field of
    view, select them using the mouse, enter the observed geometric and positional
    data, and the program automatically produces a formatted observation report. 
    
    ObsReduce supports all three reporting formats in common use: IOD, UK and RDE
    (Russell Eberst's abbreviated form of the UK format.) All R.A. and Dec formats
    and epochs are supported, as are visual magnitude and optical period
    reporting. 
    
    ObsReduce supports three observational geometries: satellite in-line with
    reference stars, satellite forming right-angled triangle with reference stars,
    and appulses (satellite passing near a single star). 
    
    Several star databases, derived from the Tycho 2 catalogue, are available for
    ObsReduce. The magnitude 8.5 database, includes nearly 72,000 stars, The
    magnitude 10.5 database includes more than 540,000 stars. The magnitude 12.0
    database includes more than 2 million stars. The complete set of Tycho 2 stars
    is also available, consisting of more than 2.5 million stars, to about
    magnitude 13.
    
    The manual and a screenshot are available here:
    
    http://www.satobs.org/programs/ObsReduce/ReadMe.html
    
    http://www.satobs.org/programs/ObsReduce/ObsReduce.jpg
    
    Download and Installation information is here:
    
    http://www.satobs.org/programs/ObsReduce/ObsReduce.html
    
    Thank you to all who helped beta-test ObsReduce and provided helpful advice.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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