Barhorst L.J.C. (
Mon, 01 Feb 1999 10:08:11 +0100

John Nott wrote (in part):

> Why is the sighting of the international Space Station so disappointing?
> Usually only aound 5 to 6 in magnitude.
> Can anyone enlighten me please to why so dim, (or has it got non
> reflective
> paint??)
	[Barhorst L.J.C.]  I

	I dodn't know exactly why you see it so faint.
	I've observed it several times and it was much brighter.
	Magnitude 3 to 4 and some parts of the pass even mag 2.

	Probably it is just the phase-angle (sun-satellite-observer) that
	in your case is not so good.

	I suppose Tony Beresford can answer too if he also observes
	ISS so dim.

	Leo Barhorst