Re: How many NOSS Triads are visible in Binos?

From: Bram Dorreman (bram.dorreman@skynet.be)
Date: Wed Jul 31 2002 - 17:20:36 EDT

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    Dear list,
    
    >Larry Wood asked:
    >
    >> McCants file  had 12 NOSS triads listed. If looking in a pair
    >> of binoculars from the city how many are visible ?
    
    
    Ted replied:
    
    >The triads launched in the 1970's and 80's consisted of smaller
    >satellites, which could be seen using 11x80 binoculars. They too
    >occasionally were visible to the unaided eye. Most of those triads have
    >long ago drifted out of formation, but all of the individual members are
    >still tracked by hobbyists.
    
    
    Even 7x50 binoculars made it possible to me to see the 1st generation
    NOSS-trio's.
    I remember my very first NOSS-triad (76038) which I saw while not even
    knowing
    of the existence of such clusters.
    
    Bram Dorreman,
    COSPAR 4160 (Achel 1):
    51 16' 45.5" N (51.2793 N),
    5 28' 36.6" E (5.4768 E)
    
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