Re: Iridium / Vanguard 1 no-shows

Sat, 30 Aug 1997 20:21:22 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 30 Aug 1997 3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL wrote:

> Waited for Sat. morning passes of latest Iridium cluster (24903-24907) and
> using 1 power, witnessed:  (drum roll...)
> -nothing-
> Passes ranged from 56 to 62 deg. above western horizon.  I won't report any

Not bad.  I looked for the same passes and saw the same nothing, with 1 
exception.  one of the middle passes came by at about mag 5.

> P.S.  Made an attempt for a well-lit Vanguard 1 pass but didn't see it.
> Dug into my notes afterward and discovered my two previous observations
> were at 80x, not the 40x I was trying to use.  I won't report my Vanguard
> failures anymore, since those far outnumber sucesses as well.  Just thought
> I'd mention to others struggling to see it that you have probably have plenty
> of company, if that's any consolation.

You don't have to report every failure, but I would like to know when you 
don't see something under good circumstances.
I'd really like to know the mag of the passes you did see. 
How did it compare to predictions?

And yes, it is a small consolation that I'm not the only one frustrated 
by Vanguard.

Jay Respler
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