Re: ISS in a telescope

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 04:15:21 PDT

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    In a message dated 8/21/01 5:43:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time, skysat@home.com 
    writes:
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    I saw ISS in my telescope at about 4:16 UT on 19-Aug-2001 from Mt. Diablo
    (near Walnut Creek), CA, USA.  A 10 inch f/6 newt. (Cave Astrola) with a
    25mm Ortho.  I saw it approach, I missed the closest part of the pass as I
    flipped the scope and I watched it recede.  
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    For the record - were you using any filters on your eyepiece?  If so which 
    one?
    
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    I followed it into shadow and
    far beyond until distance and low altitude caused me to lose it.  There must
    have been a light on!
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    I haven't seen any posts about this for the last few missions.  As I recall, 
    when the shuttle is in eclipse, the cargo bay lights are on and the cargo bay 
    
    is facing earth it is brighter than +7mag.  Sounds like an easy obs even with 
    
    a small scope. 
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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