RE: RE[2]: Link to on-topic story

Wayne T Hally (
Fri, 16 Jul 1999 01:50:12 -0400

No I was quite serious. I realize this is a satellite observing group, and 
maybe I'm asking for it, but can you imagine the effects on 
astrophotography wihen a random -8 flare can occur in your visible sky at 
any moment...since there is always at least one overhead somewhere...and 
unless they are tightly controlled in position, the flares become 
unpredictable since the angles won't be exact. These things will someday 
soon (if not now, certainly in 10 or 20 tears when they run out of aiming 
fuel) absolutely ruin astronomy. Not all bright objects we can track are 
good just because we can track and see them. A lot of us still like to look 
at what's on the other side of the stuff in orbit.
My 2 cents.
Now donning flame proof suit for remainder of SeeSat responses :-)

Meteor Wayne

From: 	John C. Broman, Jr.[]
Sent: 	Friday, July 16, 1999 12:54 AM
To: 	''
Subject: 	RE[2]: Link to on-topic story

At 10:22 PM 7/15/99 -0400, Wayne T Hally wrote:

>While there may be some benefit for radio atronomy, can
>you imagine the horror for visual satronomy with over 200 uncontolled
>mirrors capable of reflecting -8 magnitude flashes anywhere in the sky for 
>several millenia

Forgive a novice question...why would this be a bad thing?  There are
thousands of items in orbit that are uncontrolled, yet we still know the
orbits.  And we generally like bright observations.  So why lament the
situation you mention.

Or was this message sent with tongue-in-cheek and I too slow to catch it? 


John Broman
Vienna, VA