RE: Geo sat leading Intelsat 707=96107

From: Brad Young (
Date: Tue Mar 11 2008 - 18:03:12 UTC

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    Greg Roberts wrote:
    > Another anomaly, to me anyway, is why most of the US positional observers
    are in Texas
    I consider myself to be in far north Texas...
    > Another anomaly is why the UK, with its atrocious weather, contains the
    highest percentage of optical observers.
    This is a historical consequence, I'll bet, of the original Operation
    Moonwatch program, etc.
    > Most of the real active observers 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....
    As one of the "newbies", I can tell you that this hobby requires a lot of
    learning curve, knowledge of the sky (not just go-to skills), and most of
    all large investment in time for delayed results. These characteristics are
    not consistent with most of my gen-X contemporaries; nor, I fear, will it be
    with my kids' generation.
    A constructive criticism would be to provide more positive feedback to those
    who do dip their toe. There have been instances in the past where people
    were taken to task over minor issues and never heard from again, at least in
    my short (3 year) tenure. Also, some of the software used and reporting
    conventions could use a major overhaul, not in scope or quality, but
    user-friendliness (please do not read as "dumbed-down").
    Brad Young
    TULSA 1
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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