Re: Telescopic Satellite Tracking software

From: Robin R. Wier (rwier@concentric.net)
Date: Mon Jan 03 2011 - 21:00:45 UTC

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    From: "Greg Roberts" <grr@telkomsa.net>
    To: <alain.figer@club-internet.fr>
    Cc: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 9:13 AM
    Subject: Telescopic Satellite Tracking software
    
    
    > Hi Alain
    ............................................................................................................
    > Brents SATELLITE TRACKER has some potential but it seems to be a bit
    > finicky - at least the ISS satellite trackers seem to have problems with 
    > it
    > and it also is a bit buggy for some satellites so I have not bothered to
    > look at it.
    > .....................................................................................................................
    > If I have made mistakes in describing the above software I would 
    > appreciate
    > being corrected.
    > .......................................................................................
    > Cheers
    > Greg
    >
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    Hi Greg,
    
    Just a lurking hobbyist here with no technical knowledge, but I think ST is 
    somewhat telescope dependent, and very user competence dependent. I have 
    used ST for over 10 years with my '98 8" LX200.
    
    About 5 or 6 years ago, with the assistance of a least three neighbors (one 
    on the 40X eyepiece, another at the ready on the finder scope, and one 
    keeping count, and a few others standing by the relieve the former), I 
    manned a laptop and chose sat targets for tracking attempts.
    
    The eyepiece reports first, if positive (yea) I holler "clear", and select a 
    new target sat. If eyepiece reports no, the finder moves up and eyepiece 
    moves back a tad. Finder has the joystick and is given 5 seconds to decide 
    "see or no see". If "no see" (nay) clear is called again and a new target is 
    chosen. If "see" the finder has a few seconds to center with the joystick. 
    Finder then steps back a tad and eyepiece looks and calls yes (yea). Clear 
    and laptop picks next target. All the while counter is logging the yeas and 
    nays.
    
    No attention was paid to sat names but I'm quite sure the were all of the 
    LEO variety. We tired after 90-120 minutes. We logged over 200 successes, or 
    between 3 and 4 a minute, until we reached a condition of mental collapse. A 
    study of the yeas and nays indicated a success rate of about 95%. I contend 
    that the 5% nay was due to data problems and not due to telescope or 
    operator/observer  problems.
    
    Just an anecdotal story, offered without proof. However. being able to 
    relate it here is the first time that I have not thought of that evening as 
    a complete waste of several peoples time.
    
    Thanks for listening,
    
    Rob 
    
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