Re: Follow the Leader

From: mike1@mgte.com
Date: Sat Mar 29 2008 - 01:01:18 UTC

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    Hi Jeff,
    
    Yeah, I should have been a little more descriptive. So yes, it was SW 
    to NE pass starting on 3/24/08 20:10CST to 20:19 here in Milton, FL 
    with the highest point at 52 degrees. Using the 7x35 it was VERY easy 
    to see ISS in a yellowish color with the STS in a whiteish color VERY 
    close. I did remove the glasses long enough to put my real glasses 
    back on and yes, I did see STS right behind ISS. VERY impressive, 
    especially when it went into sunset. The surprise came when it DID 
    NOT disappear completely.
    
    Next day the pass was SW to NW low but the seperation was about 15 
    seconds and both visible with the naked eye. 
    
    Saw a brilliant flash shortely thereafter in a different part of the 
    sky that was probably an Iridium flare but I did not check the data 
    base. I will next time.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Mike C.
    Milton, FL
    
    
    On 28 Mar 2008 at 16:25, Jeff Umbarger wrote:
    
    > Hey Mike,
    >      Welcome aboard! (We need that bell ringing tone
    > that the ISS sounds when the Shuttle docks!) I believe
    > you and I were looking at the same thing at the same
    > time. And speaking of hurricanes, I was standing right
    > against the new part of the levee in New Orleans at
    > the causeway bridge on Wednesday March 26 at 1:15UT
    > (Tuesday night New Oleans time) watching a 38 degree
    > pass in the southeast. This was a little over one hour
    > after separation. So to my unaided eye I could *not*
    > see any separation although I looking for it. And yes
    > the ISS/Shuttle stayed illuminated well after (several
    > seconds) predicted eclipse. Must have been a brilliant
    > red sunset for them. You might want to mention the
    > direction and time you were looking.
    >      Funny thing about that event, I asked my two
    > sales reps to leave the hotel bar to join me to watch
    > the ISS/Shuttle fly over and they just stared at me
    > and then looked at each other and then said, "Well
    > Jeff, we would rather stay here and drink. We didn't
    > here about this (being able to see it) on the news."
    > They were very surprised when I described it to them a
    > few minutes later! There is a lot of education that we
    > need to do for our hobby!
    > 
    >      Regards,
    >           Jeff Umbarger
    >           Plano, TX, USA
    > 
    > --- mike1@mgte.com wrote:
    > 
    > > Hi All,
    > > 
    > > Nu guy here. Been looking at sats for years and just
    > > 
    
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