Re: OGO 1

From: Scott and Becky Campbell (
Date: Wed Jan 16 2008 - 14:18:56 UTC

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    Another good option is Heavensat, now in its second edition.  It will show 
    all objects in simulated time or real time.
    Before an observing session you can run in simulated mode to see what will 
    be visible.  While observing I take the laptop outside with Heavensat 
    running and can then zoom in on the desired satellite.  Very easy compared 
    to anything I've used before.  If the TLE is accurate then the satellite is 
    easily found.
    Scott Campbell
    Beeville, Texas
    Cospar 6226 28.4861N 97.8194W 107m
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Brad Young" <>
    To: "'Chris Peat'" <>; <>
    Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 7:51 AM
    Subject: RE: OGO 1
    Chris wrote:
    >The details page will be updated soon, so please bear with me until then.
    For geostationary satellites, which have passes >of essentially infinite
    length, a new kind of reporting table will be needed.
    Thanks again for a great product, Chris. Curtis, until then, may I suggest
    Highfly from Mike McCants or SkyMap from Rob Matson. Every clear night, I
    print LEO objects from H-A and use Highfly for elliptical objects like OGO-1
    (which I have not tried to see).
    For MEO and GEO objects, as Bjorn said, H-A will not give predictions, but
    SkyMap will plot them for you. I have not had much luck with it (user error
    ONLY, not a critique). So, I print off the predictions and pencil a path
    into to my erasable copy of Pocket Sky Atlas. I generally don't try to see
    GEO objects on purpose, but if I find one flashing, I use Findsat (again,
    from Mike McCants) to ID it.
    Brad Young
    TULSA 1
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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