Visual Sat. observing and WinT
Fri, 4 Aug 95 04:31:00 UTC

Patrick Wagner.
Elements can be good for some satellites but too old for others.  Run
QUICKSAT and see if the times and positions agree with your other prediction
programs.  I composed VISUAL.TLE, available on CBBS, to have just the
brightest and easiest to see satellites.  Be sure the satellite is not in
shadow.  With QS predicting the magnitude, you can tell if the sat should be
visible.  Do the other programs predict mag?  Using the QS output as a
guide, you should be able to see every pass you look for.  Good luck, and
let us know how you and your friend do.
>NOSS 5 (C)    14143
>  (Can anyone who has observed the NOSS 5
>objects, unlike me, report whether they have been observed strobing with
very brief flashes?  I have not observed the NOSS 2-n clusters flashing).
I saw this the morning of 9/5/94. az 15, el 32.  Mag 9.4.  That would be at
the limit of my visibility so I couldn't tell if it varied.
Also seen 11/7/94.  az 239, el 63.  mag 8.6.  Again, very faint, with no notes
of flashing.
> Any comments about the adequacy of the response below?
Gently point out the word is Satellite.   :)
I agree with most of what Walter and Bjorn say.
>2) 3) 4) Can be very tedious with a text-only program like QuickSat
>   and most others. A graphic program, like SkyMap 5.9 by Rob
>   Matson, saves a lot of time and effort, and increases accuracy.
Here I would respectfully disagree (sorry Bjorn)  :)
I feel QS is faster and easier than other programs.  I use it and Highfly
exclusively for tracking.  Of course, others may do things differently than I
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