Very close Mir pass tracked at 80 power

3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
Mon, 18 Aug 97 22:11:07 PDT

I managed, with a little difficulty, to track Mir at 80 power through
a 4.5 inch newtonian.  Mir passed overhead 243 miles up (391km), only
1.6 degrees from the zenith.  I could just make out some solar panel
stucture.  It looked somewhat like a biplane in appearance, though
the glare from the panels and the speed of the pass made viewing
difficult.  I did keep it in the field of view for about 40 seconds or
so, but it sure jumped around in the 1/2 degree field.

That was the kind of pass a computer-controlled mount was made for.

Craig Cholar