RE: Books On Sat Observing

From: Barhorst L.J.C. (
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 23:08:33 PST

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    Hello Patrick,
    The book _A Tapestry Of Orbits_ by King-Hele is mostly
    about his carreer as a satellite observer and researcher
    and not so much on the orbital mechanics.
    Indeed _Observing Earth Satellites_  is an exellent book.
    It clearly describes the whole mathematical background
    of orbits and gives graphical solutions. Of course now a
    computer can do this much faster.
    I remember the late seventies when it took several houres
    to calculate sat passes for just a handfull of sats, and 
    the clouds moved in. Or it suddenly clears and you don't
    have any predictions.
    It's a pity the book is out of print.
    There is a book by Jean Meeus with all kind of orbital
    formula's in it. It is however rather directly and just
    jumpes from one formula to the next. I don't know a title
    and if it is still in print.
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