RE: ISS video

From: Mike Tyrrell (
Date: Mon Oct 30 2006 - 17:40:50 EST

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    The software that Phil and I have written for tracking now allows a light
    curve to be generated for the entire pass so it should be very easy to
    measure flash periods, magnitude estimate etc. Because the process is fully
    automated it's easy to generate data for lots of satellites - just limited
    by need for clear skies as always.
    It would be useful if people on the group could suggest interesting objects
    and we'll start to gather data for them. The data can be generated in XML or
    CSV/Excel format.
    Regarding resolution of objects other than ISS (& MIR in the past) I have
    only imaged the Lacrosse series and Envisat
    but Phil has done quite a few others
    His telescope, although the same model as fine, generally performs better on
    the finest detail. Although I always intend to spend more time on alignment
    etc it somehow never seems to happen like that!
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Björn Gimle [] 
    Sent: 30 October 2006 20:01
    To: SeeSat-L; Mike Tyrrell
    Subject: Re: ISS video
    > Mike:
    > Pretty incredible video - have you tried imaging any objects that are
    > poorly understood, such as Cosmos 382?
    > DWA
    ... and the flashing of (newly launched) Zenith-2/SL-16, whose period varies
    too much during a pass (for being just two flashes per spin period) ?
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