Re: SatSpy3 Evaluation Over - Oh no!

From: Patrick (patrickfwd@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 13:07:00 PDT

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    > Patrick wrote:
    > > I'm going to try this program called QUICKVIEW that Jay Respler suggested
    >
    > That's QUICKSAT.
    
    Right, sorry bout that.
    
    > > (although I can't understand how a text based program could come anywhere
    > > near the usefullness of this one) before I drop the cash on SatSpy.
    >
    > You can generate a list of several hundred passes visible in an evening.
    > How would you do that with a graphics program?
    
    Have you tried SatSpy?  It makes it very easy.  You just load an elset, and click on a button to display a list of the night's
    passes.  On my 500Mhz processor it takes about eight seconds to find three hours of passes from mccants.tle.  Then a window pops up
    with the passes organized by time, magnitude, satellite, or pass quality, and you click on the pass you are interested in to get a
    skytrace, groundtrace, or a 3D animated view of the pass from a perspective of looking down from above at your location.  If you
    really need the text output you can right click and hit View-Oppurtunity Table, and it will generated an output with all of the
    satellites listed.  Here is a sample of my first few lines organized by mag:
    
                               Satellite Viewing Opportunities
    
                                    -- Local Time ---  --------- At Culmination ---------
    Sat#  Satellite Name  Date      Rise   Cul.  Set   Azmuth  Elev.  Range %Illum   Mag. Qual
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    25018 LACROSSE 3 R    06/07/00  23:04 23:08 23:11   318.4  51.6   553.2   36.3    2.6  Yel
    25017 LACROSSE 3      06/07/00  23:20 23:25 23:30    41.5  64.0   738.1   57.8    2.8  Grn
    24680 USA 129         06/07/00  21:53 21:55 21:58    73.5  50.9   435.0   71.9    2.9  Grn
    17974 COSMOS 1844 R   06/07/00  21:32 21:37 21:43   248.9  74.1   864.1   54.2    3.5  Grn
    25400 RESURS 1-4 R    06/07/00  23:20 23:25 23:30   258.9  57.4   945.8   61.7    3.6  Yel
    
    > List any prediction features you like now.
    > What would you like changed?
    
    Do you mean for QuickSat?
    
    > What other features would you like a prediction to show?
    > We'll try to compare programs.
    
    
    > If you're just predicting for a few bright sats such as Mir or ISS,
    > any program will do fine.
    
    Right, I usually go to heavens-above for a quick look, but SatSpy is great for dimmer satellites like the NOSS triplets, for zooming
    in on the skytrace and see exactly what time and where in the sky to look.  I don't know if other programs can do this...  Skymap
    maybe?
    
    > --
    > Jay Respler
    > --
    >           JRespler@superlink.net
    > SKY VIEWS: http://mars.superlink.net/jrespler/skyviews.htm
    >    Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
    >            Freehold, New Jersey
    >
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