Re: Clark belt

From: Leo Barhorst (
Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 02:46:12 PDT

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    The geostationairy belt is visible from my latitude at about 30 degrees
    elevation. Have to point my satellite dish at that elevation for the astra
    sats at
    19 degrees east. Due south it is at about 32 degrees
    So for Matt fawcett at about a degree more to the north it will be at 31
    maximum elevation in the south.
    A simple aritmatic: The earth axis and the plane of the geosats are at right
    angles = 90 degrees. Matt is at almost 54 degrees north. So the plane of the
    geosats is at 90 - 54 = 36 degrees elevation. This is true for the distant
    and even the sun, but as the geosats are so much closer we see them about
    5 degrees to the south of the zero declination. In fact we look down on the
    geosat plane from our northen latitude.
    At the equator the geosat plane is at zero declination, but at 90 degrees
    Draw a circle with a diameter of 12 cm; put the geosats at 36 cm from the
    The sun is at this scale at a 'distance' of 1500 cm from the center.
    Drawing a line from the center of the circle to the sun gives you the zero
    plane; and from you latitude of 54 degrees on the circle to the geosats your
    line of
    sight to the clark belt. It is then obvious that you see the geosats at
    lower declination
    than zero.
    Greetings and clear, dark skies
    Leo Barhorst
    52.767 N  5.09 E  2 m ASL
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