Re: Telescope for observing satellites

Date: Wed Jun 14 2000 - 19:28:05 PDT

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    In a message dated 6/14/00 1:24:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
    > I am in the process of deciding upon which telescope to buy, and would
    >  like to get some feedback as to any advantages one might have in
    >  attempting to view satellites.
    If ease of setup is an issue, you'll never beat a dobsonian.   I've been 
    using a 6" dob since last November, although I may build an 8" soon.
    At my suburban location I need to move my scope to different locations in a 
    cul-de-sac in a matter of minutes due to some tall trees in the area.  I 
    can't imagine doing that with a SCT.   I would recommend an eyepiece that 
    gives a nice wide FOV (my FOV is about 1.4 deg).  With practice you can use a 
    dob to follow the LEO objects with no real problem.  Timing geosync flashers 
    with a dob appeals to my slothful ways.
    The Jan. 2000 issue of Sky and Telescope did a nice review of 8" dobs.   
    Of course if you're planning to observe something in the sky other that 
    man-made objects, SCTs are always a good choice.
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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