Re: Orbcomm Sat

Brian Hunter (bkh@chem.QueensU.CA)
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 15:54:49 -0500

I have observed most of the Orbcomms at least once.  The brightness question
came up before and I did abit of testing.  The brightness depends critically
on the sun satellite observer angle in a way that, I think, is more
complicated than just the usual phase angle.  I can almost alway pick them
up in my 80mm telescope and, as a test, I specifically looked for them in
September with my 10 x 42 binoculars and was usuall able to see them.  I
have, however, missed them completely on several occasions.

BKH

Brian K. Hunter,                              Department of Chemistry
Professor                                        Queen's University
bkh@chem.queensu.ca                 Kingston, Ontario
(613)-533-2620                               Canada   K7L 3N6
44 14'  N         76 30' W
-----Original Message-----
From: vansluytman@juno.com <vansluytman@juno.com>
To: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 11:50 AM
Subject: Orbcomm Sat


>Hello All,
>
>What is the estimated mag. of  an Orbcomm Sat? I have looked for these,
>and have never been able to see them.
>
>John
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