Re: Thanks for answering time question

Ron Lee (
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 07:19:53 -0600 (MDT)

At 05:02 97/6/13 GMT, you wrote:

>        Tonight, using my newly synchronized watch and some printouts from
>SatSpy, I was able to point my binoculars at the right stars at the right
>time and catch some dim satellites (I couldn't see them naked eye) passing
>by.  This was the first time I have seen satellites that dim.  I only saw 3
>out of 8 satellites that I was looking for, but I'm happy just to have seen
>anything at all.
>-Andre Beckus

Actually you are doing well.  There are many reasons that you might miss a 
satellite.. to include old elements that cause it to be "late" or "early",
it might be tumbling and invisible during the period and place you are watching,
it is too faint for the optical setup you are using....

Like many new endeavors, satellite watching does involve learning new skills
that you will acquire as you progress.   Just wait until you see Mir as 
bright as Venus,  or are able to see the seven Iridium satellites in the 
same field of view from the upcoming Proton launch,  or a satellite that
rotates and sparkles like a diamond as it moves across the sky.

Have fun.