RE: Newbie question - retrograde

Stephen Thompson (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 09:15:50 -0500

>>On Tue, 25 Feb 1997, Scott Ray wrote:
>>> Are there any satellites with low-angle retrograde orbits?
>>> If so, please name a few easily viewable ones.

and Jay Respler responded

>>Yes, there are a few sats in such orbits.  However, none are easily 
>>seen.  They are mag 8-10.  
>>Check the SATELLITE SITUATION REPORT for a list of everything in orbit.  
>>You can sort the file by inclination and pick out the objects that you want.

I suggest OFEQ 3 (23549).  At an inclination of 143 degrees it may not
qualify as 'low angle' .  Whether it is 'easily viewable' may be debated
but it can be seen without binoculars under dark skies.

Stephen Thompson
Tallahassee FL 30.5 N 80.4 W