spaceman (
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 08:59:32 +0200

*Forwarded from a personal message to Seesat-L*

My name is Ron Dantowitz, and I work for the Museum of Science, here in
Boston (USA).  I have been working on several satellite tracking programs
outside of my work for the Museum, and have had excellent results in imaging
Mir, STS, and many other sats... our resolution on Mir is 1 meter, and on a
low STS flight our resolution is only 24 inches!

We have seen Mir's modules and solar panels even during the daytime, and
have seen the wings, nose,tail, cargo bay of the shuttle during day as well,
In short, it's neat!

We use the ARCHIMAGE mount with a 7" refractor and a 12" SCT together.  We
wrote our own sat tracking software, and we can use 500x power and the
satellite image is perfectly stable, even for LEO objects.  We have a super
Mir video, and will get some good shots of the rendezvous next month.  What
I really like doing is locking onto sats in Earth shadow, and seeingthem
fade up... in the exact center of the eyepiece.

Why am I telling you all this?  I have created a complete software package
that will turn any LX200 or computer-controlled MEADE telescope into a
superb satellite tracking system!  I would like to let people who read FLASH
know that they can do some awesome satellite science- or just have fun- with
their LX200s.  I'd like to write up a blurb on the software- in time for
people to be able to get a copy of it before the rendezvous this fall.
Would FLASH be interested in my submitting a description of some sort?

Would people be interested in this?  Just type "EGP" at the prompt, and look
in the eyepiece, for example, there it is!  (If it is up).  Extreme
precision, every time.  I figure folks will want to be able to follow the
next Mir/STS docking for themselves.

Drop me a line, and I'd be happy to discuss it with you.  Hope all is well,


Ron Dantowitz