Re: ISS 4, STARSHINE 0

Brian Hunter (bkh@chem.QueensU.CA)
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 13:00:38 -0400

The problem with Starshine is not its size or the size of the reflectors but
that it is not spinning.  When it does flash, it is easy to see but between
flashes it is very dim.  I have observed the satellite itself only once at
about 7.5 magnitiude with favourable lighting angles.

BKH

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Deak <dan.deak@sympatico.ca>
To: SeeSat <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
Date: Monday, June 21, 1999 11:41 AM
Subject: ISS 4, STARSHINE 0


Hi everyone,

      My girlfriend and I were able to see all 4 ISS passes predicted
for last night (June 19 to 20 local). It was sometimes hard to see
because of a layer of thin clouds. Here are the culmination details :

UTC Time   Az     El    Range
02:21:05  146.4  52.2  486 km
03:57:22  345.2  37.0  623 km
05:34:03  005.3  28.8  755 km
07:10:36  024.7  67.7  427 km

      We tried twice to see Starshine without success at 1x or with
7x35 binocs. I think it will be much too hard for inexperienced students
to track this one. This ball should have been made bigger or with
larger reflecting surfaces. Has any experienced visual observer been
involved in the design of this satellite ? A friend of mine saw it 2 nights
ago with 11x80 binocs at mag around 8 and witnessed only 3 flashes
for the whole pass.

      Cheers !

      Dan

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Daniel Deak
St-Bonaventure, Québec

COSPAR site 1745 : 45.9483°N, 72.6539°W, 58 m., UTC-4:00

E-mail : dan.deak@sympatico.ca
French language satellite web site : http://www3.sympatico.ca/dan.deak/