Re: question about size of hobby

From: J. Thomas Jeffrey (
Date: Fri Apr 15 2005 - 19:42:04 EDT

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    Since Space-Track went online my satellite observing has gone down to 
    nearly zero. I use the program Orbitron which can not read the some of 
    the Space-Track files (the most usefull ones to me). The only 
    Space-Track file it can read is the "alldata" file which has no 
    satellite names, just numbers which is useless. Orbitron can not read 
    the Space-Track full satellite catalog file that includes the names of 
    the satellites (the file extension for this file is called GZ file which 
    even Windows XP can't open). I used to download the McCants file, load 
    it into Orbitron and looked for the _names_ of satellites I had not 
    seen. I then went to Heavens-Above and used it to see where on the sky I 
    could see the satellite in relation to the brighter stars and then used 
    my 20x90 binoculars to see the satellite. No more.
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