Re:Geo sat leading Intelsat 707=96107

From: Greg Roberts (
Date: Tue Mar 11 2008 - 15:55:54 UTC

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    John Locker wrote:
    >Give me the sky and I'll give you the pictures Greg :O)))
    >We have had precious few evenings where the visibility below 30 ( max
    >elevation of the arc here )  degrees has been useable .
    >Noticeable has been a thick haze at these levels , even though higher
    >elevations have on the odd evening provided good seeing.
    >Perhaps the next few days of storms will clear the low level
    >mists/haze/pollution for a short time giving me chance to take a look in the
    >ten to forty  degrees west area.
    Hi John
    Many thanks for your input. Yes additional observations, especially if in
    the form of time/position (RA/Dec) would be very welcome so that revised/
    improved TLE's could be generated so its a little more than just getting a
    photo of the object. Peter Wakelin is the only UK observer for these satellites
    and is doing an excellant job but Im sure the "more the merrier".
    What has always puzzled me is that although the USA area is perhaps the most
    technologically advanced part of the earth it has produced very few positional
    satellite observers. One would expect California, for example, to be a prime
    area for observers but they just are not there. Another anomaly, to me anyway,
    is why most of the US positional observers are in Texas.   Did Pres.Johnson
    know something when he had the Johnson Spacecraft Center setup in Houston ?
    Another anomaly is why the UK, with its atrocious weather, contains the
    highest percentage of optical observers.  Still another anomaly is why Russia
    etc has produced no amateur observers that I can recall off-hand. They are now
    running perhaps the most vigorous and concentrated network for geo objects
    - the ESA#10 report is mainly based on their work - but no amateur observers!
    I can understand the situation with Africa and South America and would have
    expected Australasia to be in a somewhat better position but I cant help but
    get the feeling we are basically a dying breed. Most of the real active 
    are in their late years-when they depart for a different plane where are their
    successors? There are certainly no prospects in my part of the world....
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