Re: Iridium flares magnified?

From: Björn Gimle (
Date: Thu Jun 28 2012 - 11:42:42 UTC

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    Not comparable ! An Iridium is still a point source - the moonlight is
    spread out over a 3600-10000x larger surface than naked eye, when it
    is already spread out.
    2012/6/27 Marco Langbroek <>:
    > Op 27-6-2012 22:49, schreef:
    >> Has anyone watched Iridium flares at moderate magnification, say, 60-100x tracking with a telescope? Given that this is something like 90% specular reflection of sunlight, does anyone have any thoughts on the risks to the observer's eyes?
    > No risk at all. They are maximum about -8: a waxing or full moon is much
    > brighter than that (-12.5 at full moon) and you can look at the moon with a
    > telescope without any problems.
    > - Marco
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