Re: ISS is bright

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 17:19:05 EDT


>Has anyone seen any interesting polarization effects when observing
satellites?

If the reflections are off a metallic surface, the reflected light would not
be polarized much if at all so a polarizing filter should be no different
that a neutral density filter.

Tom
NE Iowa
USA

----- Original Message -----
From: <FrankEReed@aol.com>
To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 5:06 AM
Subject: ISS is bright


>
> VERY bright!
>
> I was really impressed by ISS a few minutes ago here over Chicago.
> At its best, it was mag -2 at *LEAST*. I was intrigued by how
> rapidly it faded down to mag 1.0 and then increased again to
> mag 0 for a few seconds. The phase angle is becoming more and
> more important.
>
> I experimented with a polarizing filter but I didn't see much
> interesting. Has anyone seen any interesting polarization
> effects when observing satellites?
>
> -FER
> http://www.clockwk.com/fer


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