From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 21:25:43 PST

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    Regarding the list of NOSS trios on Heavens-Above, it's worth 
    mentioning (even perhaps via subscription from a secondary account?) 
    that you need to keep in mind that that the three trios called 
    NOSS 2-1, 2-2, and 2-3 are significantly brighter than all of the 
    older payloads (and the *newer* ones are usually +5 or fainter).  
    Also, most of the older trios are not in formation any longer.  So 
    in general the best bet is to look for the three newer trios.  All 
    three triangles fit within the 6-degree field of view of my 
    binoculars.  One of the new trios is very closely packed, perhaps 
    about two degrees.  The few of the older ones that I've seen have 
    almost all been with Mike McCants' telescope -- and of course then 
    only one at a time as even with the ones still in formation, the 
    whole formation will by no means fit within a one-degree or smaller 
    field of view.  One time I have seen one of the NOSS 8 objects 
    flare to one-power brightness; I'm not sure I've ever seen any of 
    the older ones with my (handheld) binoculars.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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