Directv 2 is flashing, I cheated and used the slooh telescope to find out :)

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Fri Aug 24 2007 - 08:30:26 EDT

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    I been having fun, using the slooh scope.
    To play spot the geo sat's. 
    Last night I decided to check on Directv 2, to see what's going on with it.
    Well I got a nice image, in which I see a change in brightness of the trail caused by it. The
    scope tracks the stars, so geo sat's will appear as a trail in the image.
    I expect this of a geo sat, that's flashing. So the image is telling me directv 2 is flashing.
    Can't tell what the flash period is, using the image. I will have to check with my scope.
    Here's the image taken
    Feild of view Info
    1.40 X 1.05 Deg. 
    Scope location
    28.29970 N 16.50826 W 
    Image orientation is non inverted, but since the scope is one a equatorial mount, North is up, and
    east is to the right, if you understand what I am trying to say.
    I can see stars down to roughly +14 magnitude. 
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