Re: Estimating Magnitude
Sat, 30 Aug 1997 09:52:39 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-08-30 09:10:46 EDT, Jay Respler wrote:

<< I have maps with magnitudes of all stars noted on them.  I'll compare a 
 sat to nearby stars. If sat seems midway in brightness between stars of 
 mag 6.0 and 7.0, I note it as mag 6.5.  If closer to the brighter star, 
 note it as mag 6.3. If barely dimmer than the brighter star, note it as 
 mag 6.1.  If sat looks just as bright as a particular star, then note it 
 as having same mag.
 Does that help?
 Jay Respler >>

Yes, Jay, and thanks.  I received a couple of helpful direct e-mail
responses as well.  I'll compile the responses and e-mail to any
who ask.  I'm sure they won't mind.  One reader has asked already.
The bottom line is:  yes, you compare to stars of known magnitude.
I'll have to work on this ability.

Jake Rees