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From: mike1@mgte.com
Date: Fri Mar 28 2008 - 22:41:00 UTC

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    Hi All,
    
    Nu guy here. Been looking at sats for years and just ran into this 
    list, great. I am a retired electronic tech and live in Milton, FL. 
    Coordinates are:
    30.590, -86.963  and those are exact. Put them in that earth program 
    and you'll see my little red truck near the barn. What looks like a 
    "crop" circle is where the swimming pool used to be. This is 
    him/her-ra-cane alley, we don't need no pools. Period.
    
    Watched ISS go over just after the undocking and the spacing was 
    about an 1/8". One VERY bright light and the other just barely 
    visible. I did notice one thing that when ISS went into sunset and 
    then is supposed to vanish, it did not. I used 7x35 binoculars and 
    watched it go all the way into the trees. (about 15 degrees angle) 
    There must have been enough twilight to keep it visible in the 
    glasses. I would not have known it was a sat otherwise with only the 
    naked eye.
    
    Next day, Wednesday, the spacing was about 15 seconds behind ISS. 
    Very neat, first time I had seen this.
    
    I use InstantTrack 1.5 for my viewing and tracking, great program. 
    I've had it about 10 years even back when it was in DOS.
    
    Hurricanes can be advantages, sometimes. We lost power for a week, 
    EVERYWHERE and the sky was VERY black. No lights at all here in the 
    panhandle, GREAT time for viewing.
    
    Thanks for listening, I look forward to more reading.
    
    Best Regards,
    
    Mike Couture
    Milton, FL
    30.590
    -86.963
    
    
    
    
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