RE: Amsat P3D Laser experiment

From: Dale Ireland (direland@drdale.com)
Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 08:15:18 PDT

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    Maybe.. but it will be interesting to give it a try. anyone know what the
    "magnitude" might be for a .5 watt laser at that distance or at perigee,
    that's a pretty bright laser. The Olympus 2020 records 4th magnitude stars
    when just handheld on auto exposure and the Sony camcorder can go below
    that. I have some images from the digital camera showing an aurora and 4th
    magnitude stars at
    http://www.drdale.com/aurora
    Dale
    
    > I think the range might be a little too much for that Dale,
    > remember Phase 3D is in a 16 hour eccentric orbit with apogee
    > over the Northern hemisphere isnt it.
    > Tony Beresford  ( AMSAT LM 959)
    
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