re: Most viewable satellites

From: Walter Nissen <dk058_at_cleveland.Freenet.Edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 1995 03:09:46 -0400

The two messages below may be a useful supplement to Appendix A of
Introduction to Artificial Satellite Observing for those trying to answer
the question: How can I obtain elsets?
 
Cheers.
 
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> From: rm_at_best.com (Richard McKeethen)
> Newsgroups: sci.astro
> Subject: Re: Most viewable satellites
> Date: Sun Apr 9 16:57:15 1995
>
> whitacre.10_at_osu.edu (Michael Whitacre) wrote:
>
> > I remember reading somewhere about a list of the one hundred most viewable
> > satellites. Anyone have information that sounds similar to this?
> > Thanks in advance.
>
> There is indeed a list like that. If you're using a sat track program, try
> using the "visual.tle" file, you can find this at the following ftp site:
>
> archive.afit.af.mil
> in the "/pub/space" directory
>
> There are a few more then 100 hundred satelites, but not many. You can use
> the various filters provided in the tracking software to pare this down
> even more.
>
> --
> Richard McKeethen
>
> E-mail at: rm_at_best.com (checked frequently)
> rmckeethen_at_datatamers.com (checked infrequently)
 
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> Jay Respler, jay.respler_at_bytewise.de.com, maintains such a list. A file
> of two-line elsets for these is available from the Celestial BBS,
> 1-334-409-9280. I think it is called VISUAL.TLE or VISUAL.ZIP and is
> found in directory #1. A larger list is available from the OIG RBBS at
> oig1.gsfc.nasa.gov or 1-301-262-6784 (login "oig", password "goddard1",
> and then login under your own name). The file name is VISIBLE.DAT. A
> list larger still is in Ted Molczan's file, available by ftp from
> kilroy.jpl.nasa.gov from directory /pub/space/elements/molczan. The
> latest file name is cs950408.Z or new_molc.Z.
>
> You and others interested in viewing satellites are invited to read the
> SeeSat-L mailing list. Jay Respler participates there. You may send
> subject "subscribe" to seesat-l-request_at_iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
> and also "help" and "archive help". Volume is only maybe 3 messages a
> day.
>
> Cheers.
>
> Walter Nissen dk058_at_cleveland.freenet.edu 216-243-4980
Received on Thu Apr 13 1995 - 03:42:00 UTC

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