Re: Unidentified Satellites

From: C. Bassa (cgbsat@gmail.com)
Date: Tue May 07 2013 - 21:07:53 UTC

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    Hi Mark,
    
    On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM, Mark McCarron <mark.mccarron@live.co.uk> wrote:
    > Sorry, you would need some understanding of image processing and software engineering.  It is possible to automate observations and orbital calculations.  I was wondering if anyone has done this.
    
    Yes this has been done. I have written my own software to process
    frames from a highly sensitive video camera, calibrate the astrometry
    and measure satellite positions. Such measurements are routinely
    posted here such that we can keep track of the orbits of objects for
    which SpaceTrack does not publish elements.
    
    I observe from essentially the same latitude as you and in my video
    observations I see very few unidentified satellites; the vast majority
    of objects I do see agree with predictions from up to date elements by
    SpaceTrack and Mike McCants. Observations of those objects that are
    not immediately identified are posted on this list, just like Kevin
    Fetter did earlier today.
    
    Regards,
        Cees
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