News Group

Usenet has announced creation of sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe following a successful campaign led by SeeSat-L subscriber Jim Varney. Jim's proponents were SeeSat-L's maintainer, Bart De Pontieu and SeeSat-L subscribers, Jay Respler and Jeff Hunt . Winning by a required large margin, Usenet implemented the news service on March 17, 1998, the 40th anniversary date of the launching of Vanguard 1 into orbit.

One may have to make a request to their service provider that sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe be included on their news service if they want to subscribe to it. It is also available on Usenet providers Mailgate ; News2Web and Google-Groups via the WWW.
Additional web-based providers are found here .

Listed below is the announcement and charter for sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe.
Congratulations to Jim Varney and "thanks" to those who voted for the creation of the news group!

Usenet's Announcement

sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe is an unmoderated newsgroup which passed
its vote for creation by 250:20 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on
12 Mar 1998.

For your newsgroups file:
Visually observing artificial satellite.

The charter, culled from the vote result announcement:

Sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe is an unmoderated forum for
discussion and exchange of information about visual observing of
artificial satellites.  Possible topics include (list is not exhaustive):

- reports of observations of artificial satellites (manned and
  unmanned) and space probes using naked eye, binoculars, telescopes,
  video, or photography
- orbital elements of satellites of current interest (new satellites,
  satellites about to reenter the atmosphere, maneuvering satellites,
- announcements of planned and recent launches
- visibility predictions for artificial satellites
- predictions of the decay (atmospheric reentry) of artificial
- discussions about software related to predictions/analysis of visual
  observations of artificial satellites
- instruments and techniques for visual observations of artificial
- results/reports of observational programs, such as the positional
  measurements program of the UK Optical Tracking Working Group; the
  flash period measurements program of the Belgian Working Group
  Satellites; the informal spy satellite tracking program
- results of scientific studies using visual observations of
  artificial satellites

The following types of articles are *not* part of the charter:

- non-visual artificial satellite observing (i.e. radio)
- articles which contain personal attacks of any sort, ad hominem
  arguments, etc.
- blank messages, test messages, MAKE.MONEY.FAST, binaries, uuencoded
- advertisements not related to artificial satellite observing.

Discussions about technical aspects of payloads or rockets are
acceptable, but only if they are branched off of an observation or are
limited in scope, detail and length.  Articles containing discussions
of radio observations are not welcome, unless they are tied in with
visual observations.

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