Re: One flare seen twice, 830 miles apart

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Fri Nov 24 2006 - 15:34:52 EST

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    Thanks Björn for the help!
    I've been thinking about the repeatability of the flare track moving through 
    a particular area and think that as the declination of the sun changes 
    throughout the year the flare paths will change. Oh well, that will just 
    mean that I will have to contact new people each time.
    By the way, I took the picture of the flare from a wooden rig I made to 
    adapt my digital still and video camera to the top of a fence post. I used a 
    compass attached to the rig to align the azimuth and I used an attached 
    angle finder I bought at a hardware store to align the altitude. The set up 
    seems to be accurate to with 5 degrees at least.
    I also planned ahead by taping my voice telling me where the satellite was 
    going to be and when. I started the tape at 6:30 PM sharp. It was 
    [[extremely]] helpful to here myself call out information while I 
    concentrated on operating the cameras at the same time communicating via 
    cell phone with a guy 830 miles away. Next time I will also tell myself when 
    to turn the cameras on. I even had a count down to the flare maximum. It was 
    awesome to see it get brighter and brighter as I called out 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 
    2 1!
    Tom  Iowa  USA 
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