Re: Magnitude observations

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Sun Jul 18 2004 - 11:17:11 EDT

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    Hi all,
    I'm just back from a week long vacation trip. As anticipated, my mailbox was 
    overloaded... and once again got unsubscribed due to bouncing messages.
    First I would like to thank Bram, Ted, Ed and Bjorn for their replies.
    As I saw with the mail exchange, it's not easy to settle on one format. I too 
    prefer to use an already existing format with a few minor modifications if 
    necessary. I just don't know how automated the process of determining standard 
    or intrinsic magnitudes is. Are the magnitude data from the IOD-formatted 
    reports used for standard magnitude determination ? Or is their a prefered 
    format for doing so.
    As I mentioned on my original message, the goal here is to make it simple for 
    the observers while providing sufficient data for the magnitude calculations. 
    For now, I favor the format derived from the PPAS as first suggested by Ed then 
    refined by Ted. It is short and contains the necessary info. The observer will 
    have to use a sat tracking software to obtain the range and phase angle data to 
    put in the report.
    Thanks to Bram Dorreman for his offer to host the magnitude obs database. If it 
    can help, my website is also available for this data.
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    L'Avenir, Quebec
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275°N, 72.3526°W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
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