RE: Seeking identification of stars in photo

From: David Tiller (
Date: Tue Jul 19 2011 - 12:57:32 UTC

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    I'm not sure if you've tried this, but there is an online service that will identify stars in images 'automagically'. You can submit pics to the flickr astrometry group here:, you can email them to use their web site, or you can build the software yourself. You may have to scrub out the sat trail.
    Main site:
    Flickr group:
    If all else fails, let me know and I'll try to install the sfw and run your image thru - I didn't want to do it without your permission.
    David Tiller
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    From: [] on behalf of Ted Molczan []
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:47 AM
    Subject: Seeking identification of stars in photo
    I would be grateful for assistance in identifying at least one of the stars in this photo:
    The photo reportedly is of Sputnik 1's rocket body, photographed from Perth, Australia, on 1957 Oct 09 UTC. I have an
    accurate orbit for around that date, which seems not to pass any of the stars in the photo, which leads me to suspect
    that the date and/or satellite's identity is incorrect.
    Ted Molczan
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