Satellite Observers Meeting

Sun, 15 Oct 1995 19:24:32 +0100 (CET)

Hi everyone,

The Belgian Working Group Satellites is thinking of organizing a 
second edition of EUROSOM (European Satellite Observers Meeting). The
first edition was held last year in Belgium and was considered a
success despite the relatively small number of attendants (between 15
and 20).

Now that seesat has grown so much, I thought it would be a good idea to
discuss the organizational aspects of such a meeting first on seesat.

Eurosom 2 would be (tentatively) held on a weekend in Fall 1996, once 
again in Belgium. Despite its name, *all* observers, not just the
european ones, would be welcome. SeeSat-L after all seems to have a 
largely American following, despite being located in Germany. 

Eurosom 1 was a pretty informal meeting, although it did have a full
schedule of talks by amateur observers. I guess I would like to hear
some reactions to these questions :

Would you would consider attending Eurosom 2?
Would you consider giving a talk?

[answering those questions through personal mail is preferrable]

What do you expect from such a meeting, an informal get-together or more
a conference-like meeting?
Would having a touristic excursion influence your decision to attend 
Eurosom 2?
Would you like the meeting to be longer than a weekend?
What do you think of the list of topics that Paul Maley suggests? 
Do you have additions/remarks?

Paul's list :


1.Techniques and tools of visual observation
2.Photometric recording
3.Video recordeing
4.Standards of observation, recording and reporting
5.Observing geostationary objects
6.Observing from urban areas
7.Mathematical modeling of rotation
8.New products/books related to satellite observation science


1.Construction and access of PPAS data base
2.Software for PC's
3.Sharing information via INTERNET
5.electronic  bulletin board access and other sources of information 
including WWW sites
6.Documenting and accreditation of observations in past and future studies
7.SEESAT network: present and future
8.Role of amateur satellite observers with the general public
9.history of amateur satellite observation


1.orbits of classified satellites
2.determination of rotation axis
3.monitoring of specific categories of objects
4.mechanisms of inciting rotation/damping
6.mystery observations to identify unknown satellites
8.near term decays
9.monitoring of space debris
10.prediction techniques
11.Shuttle/Mir mission monitoring of evolution of flash period  
13.computerized tracking
14.contributions of amateur observations to professional studies

I hope there is some interest in a meeting like this. I also hope we
can have some discussion about it on seesat-l !