Re: Norad #

From: David W. Bishop <>
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 1995 08:34:42 -0400

> I agree that we Americans should use official international designations.
> But as a practical matter, since most programs, and virtually all TLE lists
> use NOrad #'s, it would certainly be very helpful to include that Norad # in
> all comments.

I very much agree. The software I use, Quicksat, doesn't even print the
international designation, just the NOrad #.

By thw way, I have an observation I would like to share.

After spending about an hour and a half this time of year watching for
satellites I usually bring out the scope and hunt for galaxies. The other
night I had an interesting observation.

I was looking at NGC 3370 and starting to draw it when I noticed that
one of the "stars" in the field of view was moving very slowly. It took
about 1m23s to cross the 1.3 degree field of view in my 32mm eyepiece.

Observation was made on 3/28/95 at 8:58 EDT, 10:48H+17.0D, ending at 9:00 EDT,
10:53H+16.0D. The satellite was about Mag 10, and must have been very
big. This is the second time I have seen one of these, both of which I
saw by accident. These seem to be satellites in Molniya orbits, which
are hard to track with the software I have on hand.

                            David Bishop

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