End of season solar transit......

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Mon Jul 24 2006 - 07:43:02 EDT

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    With the higher elevation transits now favouring more southerly latitudes
    (I'm at 53 north) , the complex is presenting a smaller target on the sun.
    
    Seen here http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/satcom_transits/barnston.wmv
    this morning , passing near to sunspot 901 and despite the smaller angular
    diameter of 39" , the main structure and solar panels can just be seen.
    (View full screen in Windows Media Player with "repeat" ....CTL+T ......
    enabled)
    
    This was orbit 43901.4
    Elevation 44 deg
    Range 474.3 km
    Duration 0.72 seconds .... (full disk)
    Required ground position accuracy  50 metres ( Remote site )
    
    Camera FOV approx 9 arc minutes
    Temp 25 degs C
    Winding gusting 5-10 knots
    Air Pressure 1021mb
    Sky : scattered light cloud
    Solar radiation 774 W/mē
    
    Full report to follow.
    
    John
    
    
    
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