Re: Orbital surveillance satellites now exceed 1 inch resolution?

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Thu May 03 2007 - 01:56:30 EDT

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    Whiilst a 1 metre telescope is ideal , I wouldn't deter anyone with simple 
    scope and webcam equipment from giving it a try.
    Even a hand guided 20cm scope can bring in acceptable results  Robert !
    
    John
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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Clark" <bobbygc2001@yahoo.com>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:44 PM
    Subject: RE: Orbital surveillance satellites now exceed 1 inch resolution?
    
    
    >
    > --- Robert Clark <bobbygc2001@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >>  Definitive proof would be given by telescope
    >> observations. This page shows images by a 1 meter
    >> scope of Mir and ISS at around 400 km altitude:
    >>
    >> Gallery - Artificial Satellites.
    >>
    > http://www.tsm.toyama.toyama.jp/curators/aroom/satellite/index.htm
    >>
    >>  These space stations are around 30 to 40 meters
    >> wide
    >> at their widest dimensions. So at 2000 km altitude
    >> and
    >> 1/5th the size, the object in question would appear
    >> 1/25th the size of the stations in these images. You
    >> could probably resolve its shape. Of course a 2
    >> meter
    >> scope could do better.
    >>
    >
    >
    > The largest amateur scopes seem to be of size 1
    > meter. Two meter and larger scopes are available at
    > universities.
    > Some meter sized scopes available to amateurs:
    >
    > The Searchers.
    > The World's Largest Amatuer Telescope Draws Scientists
    > to the Wilderness.
    > http://www.titanmag.com/2004/searchers/index.htm
    >
    > Dan Bakken & Hercules.
    > http://www.runway.net/pilots/dan/welcome.html
    >
    > The observatory of Puimichel.
    > http://www.groupeastronomiespa.be/pui.htm
    >
    > The Faulkes telescope project might be especially
    > useful. It provides access to two meter scopes for
    > educational purposes:
    >
    > Faulkes Telescope Web Site.
    > "The Faulkes Telescope Project is the education arm of
    > Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
    > (LCOGTN).
    > "Our aim is to provide free access to robotic
    > telescopes and a fully supported education programme
    > to encourage teachers and students to engage in
    > research-based science education.
    > "Access to our resources and those of our partners is
    > provided at no charge to teachers and students."
    > http://faulkes-telescope.com/information/about_us
    >
    >
    >
    >  Bob Clark
    >
    >
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