Satellite magnitudes a volont'e

From: Bart De Pontieu <BDP_at_MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 1995 16:39:09 -0400

Edward S. Light wrote in seesat/338 :
 
>observing site so that, for now, I can only look at the brighter objects
>(Mir, space shuttle, etc.), and my efforts to include other objects are
>hampered by my lack of any data on the intrinsic brightness of the satellites
>represented in the lists of TLEs. I slapped together computer programs which
>I use to predict satellite passes but I have no idea how bright most objects
>can be expected to be!

First of all thanks for your introduction. I hope all of you find the
introductory messages just as interesting as I have found them so far.

Regarding your question, I know that Mike McCants' prediction program Quicksat
contains a large file with satellite magnitudes. A uuencoded and zipped
version of Quicksat 2.10b is available at the SeeSat-L archive. Just send
a message with Subject: archive get quicksat/quick210b.uu
to SeeSat-L-request_at_iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
and then uudecode and unzip the file you receive to use Mike's excellent
software. Beware, the file is 188 Kb big, and some mailing software can't
handle those big files.

Satellite magnitudes can also be found in a file made available by Walter
Nissen. Send a message with Subject: archive get obs/magnitudes.wn
to the same address as mentioned above to receive a text-file of 14 Kb.

Cheers,
   Bart
Received on Fri Apr 28 1995 - 16:13:11 UTC

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