Re: Question from a new-comer

Brian Hunter (bkh@chem.QueensU.CA)
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 13:27:18 -0400

Several of the Geostationary satellites will be visible from your location.
I use a 25 cm reflector from a mildly light polluted location.  The easiest
way to find them is to use Rob Matson's Skymap program to predict positions
as the satellites "move" in a star field.  I track the appropriate location
manually on my Dobson mount until I collect a satellite.  When I stop
tracking, the satellite remains in the field. I find it difficult sometimes,
even with manual tracking, to overcome the illusion that it is the satellite
that moves.
There are several objects in the 10th to 11th magnitude range that are easy
to find this way.

Two cautionary comments:

The magnitude predictions for these objects are not always very accurate and
you  may miss objects that are supposed to be relatively bright.
Persistence pays off.
It is easy to lose these objects in a bright sky.  Even a very very thin
haze near full moon can wipe them out.

Jay Respler has much more experience with viewing these objects and can
expand on my comments.

Hi Jay.  :-)


Brian K. Hunter,                              Department of Chemistry
Professor                                        Queen's University                 Kingston, Ontario
(613)-533-2620                               Canada   K7L 3N6
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-----Original Message-----
From: Wiedmann, Scott, Mr, FVAP <>

Subject: Question from a new-comer

>My question is this: Is there any way (and how) to view geo-stationary SATs
>like the one at which my friend's dish is aimed. I would assume they would
>not move against the sky.
>Any explanation or links explaining this would be appreciated.
>Thank you for your patience and assistance, please forgive me if this
>question has already been covered.
>J. Scott Wiedmann
>38.7489?N, 77.1751?W