Mir 5 times and request for help

Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Thu, 15 Jul 1999 21:44:24 -0400

Hi all,

      I had the chance to observe all 5 Mir passes predicted for my place
in the night of July 14 to 15. Here are the details for the culminations :

UTC Time   Az     El
01:23:08  140.7  26.3
02:58:18  338.8  49.0
04:34:01  358.4  25.3
06:09:47   18.3  40.0
07:45:04  216.4  36.6

      Maximum magnitude was a bright -2 and I did not notice any variation
except those created by some small clouds that caused Mir to pulse. Is there
a known record for the maximum number of consecutive passes seen for a
given satellite ?

      I will travel to Florida this weekend to see the launch of STS-93, my
first ever. I'll also watch the July 24 Globalstar launch. I will bring my
observing gear and would like to know if there is someone living in the
Orlando area who is a member of this list, has satellite prediction software
and would be ready to accomodate my need for up to date info on the
visibility of the objects launched this next week.

      Some advice on photographing night Shuttle launches from the viewing
area at Cape Canaveral and info on what can be seen of a night landing
would be welcomed.

      Thanks in advance.


Daniel Deak
St-Bonaventure, Qubec

COSPAR site 1745 : 45.9483N, 72.6539W, 58 m., UTC-4:00

E-mail : dan.deak@sympatico.ca
French language satellite web site : http://www3.sympatico.ca/dan.deak/