Re: Software Question

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 21:55:43 +0200

Lucas Eduardo Moxey wrote:
...
>        I wanted to ask you, the members of the list, if you would be so
>kind of as to tell me where could I obtain a program that would predict only
>the visible pass of the different satellites and order them accordingly. In

For the possible benefit of other newcomers, I post my reply here:

My two favourites, QuickSat and SkyMap, do that, and have other merits.

They are available at http://www.satellite.eu.org/orbsoft.html

QuickSat is fast, even on 286 and 386 PC's (and runs on Unix). It can
pick satellites from flag designations in a separate 'quicksat.mag' table.

SkyMap also shows the tracks plotted among stars in a selected size/pos/
orientation field, which also is very useful if you want to identify an
observation of an unknown. Tracks are colour-coded for magnitude limit and
penumbra etc., and can be labelled with magnitude and name, number or IntID.

Both can select objects based on predicted magnitude, and predict
satellites in a short specific selection, or an entire elset file.

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