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From: Difflimited@aol.com
Date: Sat Feb 07 2009 - 23:09:20 UTC

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    Hi all-
    To most amateur astronomers, satellites are a minor curiosity  and for  
    imagers, an annoyance.  Because I moved from an area with  dark skies  to an 
    area 
    with poor skies, I've been trying to widen my  observing. I got  interested 
    in sat 
    observing when I thought I viewed a  lunar transit of ISS. Then  I noticed 
    the 
    remarkable color and  magnitude curve of Lacrosse 5.
    Recently I saw a flashing geosat in the field  of Comet Lulin. All  these 
    things are interesting and evoke a sense of  getting more into the arena. I  
    don't 
    intend to make a major effort  just now.  But I'm glad there are  dedicated 
    observers of SATs out  there that can help me a bit along my way.
     
    It would be nice if there was some comprehensive information available  that  
    would serve as a guide for the newcomer.  I've had to do a  lot of searching  
    to get familiar with sun-synchronous 
    orbits  etc.  
     
    The Sat observers in my neighborhood are probably retired Goddard   
    people...it's old hat to them.
     
    Anyway...if you want more amateurs to take Sat observing seriously,   you'll 
    have to make it more user friendly than just having scopes that   can track 
    satellites without any observer knowledge of  what's  going  on.
     
    Just my 2 cents
     
    Peter
    
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