Satellite Magnitude Calculation

From: Steve Daniels (
Date: Mon Oct 17 2011 - 16:13:05 UTC

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    Hi All
    A programmer I know is writing software mainly for amateur radio use, but he
    is including satellite tracking, I have managed to persuade him to include
    satellite visibility from a visual point of view.
    I wonder if someone would be kind enough to tell me how to calculate the
    magnitude of brightness of the satellite? I can see this comes from the RCS
    value but don't know how.
    And is there is a good formula for calculating satellite visibility
    This is for free software, he no plans to charge.
    Thank you
    Steve Daniels
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