RE: Satellite Structure

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 16:10:46 -0700

Hi All,

Koos van Zyl wondered whether he'd be able to resolve geosynchronous
satellite
features using a 12" telescope.  Sorry to say, the answer is probably
no.  A
telescope with a 12" aperture has a limiting resolution of about 2
microradians
in the visible, excluding the effects of atmospheric turbulence.  At a
range of
36000 km, this is 72 meters.  Unless a satellite has some very long
solar
panels, I doubt you'll be able to make anything out. --Rob