observing

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 07:28:58 PDT

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    Last night I saw to bright ( at least as, or brighter than venus ) flashes. It looks like it was
    the tumbling iridium 49 satellite as it was in the general area at thw right time. I would have
    not seen it if I hadn't made a mistake with the time of the OCS satellite pass. I went out at
    22:23 EDT (July 20 02:23 UTC ) to watch the pass of OCS when I saw the flashes. It turns out OCS
    passed by 2 minutes earlier. I also saw the ikonos satellite for the first time, it was visible to
    the naked eye, but not very bright around mag 4-5 . 
    
    I have a question, how many people use a low light video camera to take pictures of passing
    satellites. What I mean do you capture the images and use the images plus a source of time, to
    determine certain points along it's pass to be used for generating a new orbit based on this data.
    Are is harder than using you eyes and a stopwatch. I want to get a supercircuits PC23C Monochrome
    C-Mount Security Camera, to use it for timing lunar occultations, but thought it could also be
    used for measuring the positions of satellites or should I not bother with that aspect of using
    the camera.
    
    http://www.supercircuits.com/
    
    Thanks
    
    Kevin Fetter
    
    44.6062 -75.6910 
    
    
    
    
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