Telescopic Sat Tracking

Ron Dantowitz (
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 07:42:51 -0400 (EDT)

I read with interest about the Skysensor from vixen.  I remember reading the
same account of satellites in the eyepiece a few months ago, and was
wondering if anyone else has tried tracking with a vixen.

>It was a bit strange 
>watching this bright object staying more or less stationary while the 
>stars zooming by. It felt a bit like being in the Millenium Falcon 
>chasing an X-Wing fighter. 
Agree.  Difficult to describe, but it does look quite "cool".

>About the time Mir neared the meridian, the 
>tracking started to get rough. The object stayed centered, however the 
>tracking had become a very pronounced and fast zig-zag resulting in 
>bright streaks rather than a bright spot. 
A combination of inadequate resolution on the telescope speed resolution,
etc, and mechanical limitations as well.  But sounds like fun!

For those who are interested, check out: