SV: Orbit's pole

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 11:32:00 +0200

Frank Reed <f-reed@metabien.com>
...
>choose three points along its path and calculate the center of the =
spherical
>circle through these three points.  Align the polar axis of your =
telescope to
>the center of this circle, and the declination settings for the =
satellite at
>these three points will be equal for the three chosen points.  The =
declination
>setting will vary somewhat at other points, but only a fraction of a =
degree
...
This is the technique used in the short version of the pole.bas program =
I have.
The long version does least square fit to (three or) more prediction =
points.