New User 2

Wayne T Hally (wayne.t.hally@bangate.TEK.COM)
Wed, 24 Sep 97 17:08:23 EDT

Hmmm, well I'm another newbie to serious satellite observing as well. I 
come to this subject by way of meteor observing, since I spend many hours 
just staring up at the sky, particularly in the early morning hours when 
meteor rates are the highest. As a result, I see many satellite passes, 
which I recently started logging in my raw meteor data notebook. Up until 
now, I have only been recording time, direction of motion, and 
magnitude...I guess I'll be expanding that information. Since I also plot 
the meteors on Gnomic maps, I suppose I could add the satellite paths as 
well! I've always been curious about which ones I was seeing. Now I';ll 
have to figure out how to use all the tools mentioned here to identify 
them.
	My biggest beef in satellite-land is the Iridium flares, since they 
resemble what is a rare meteoric event- the point meteor (one coming 
directly at you...hence no motion). Can someone tell me when they were 
first launched? I now need to go back through my data to see if it is 
possible any of the 2 or 3 point meteors I've recorded could come from 
these (^&%(^%&%^$& Iridiums. To me it's just more manmade light pollution, 
although I suppose to you satellite observers, they're a lot of fun.
	Anyhow, I'm going to go back to lurking for a while, until I learn 
what goes on here. Should anyone witness a fireball brightness meteor (-4 
and brighter), please consider filing a fireball report @ www.imo.net, or 
contact me and I'll help. Happy to help with any other meteor related 
questions anyone might have as well.

Clear skies to us all

Wayne T Hally
High Bridge, NJ USA

NJ Astro Assoc Meteor Research Coordinator
North American Meteor Network
ALPO Meteor Section
International Meteor Organization