Re: Top 10

Björn Gimle (bjorn@tt-tech.se)
Tue, 02 Jul 1996 12:37:05 +0200

-- Jay Respler wrote:

>> But the top 10 (exclusive of spy sats) would be included in
>> VISUAL.TLE. The best way to see the brightest passes is to use
>> QUICKSAT and Visual.tle, set the mag limit at about 3 or 2.5.
>> That way you'll have a good chance of seeing bright passes
>> no matter whether the sat is Top 10 or not.

This also takes care of 'latitude challenge', i.e. ignores objects
that never appear over the horizon, or are too distant when they do.
(QuickSat also seems too assume a very large atmospheric absorbtion,
making magnitudes even higher at low elevations)
And it handles objects in elliptic orbits ( if Mean Motion is < 4.0,
otherwise use highfly.exe ) that happen to be far from perigee to
be bright.

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