Re: Comparing mccants.tle and visible.txt

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Feb 28 2005 - 03:24:39 EST

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    I had a mental lapse -- too tired.  Mark wrote:
    > Before Space-Track I used to get mccants.tle from Mike
    > McCants' site every few days and print out a list of
    > all sats brighter than mag 3.5 to observe them by eye.
    Well, I read that before I wrote my previous message, but by 
    the time I was writing, I had forgotten it and was talking 
    about the visual.tle file, which Mark didn't mention.  Sorry!
    In any case, I'm pretty sure that Mike's visual.tle file
    is/was a better one to use than OIG/Space-Track's 
    visible.tle file, although I haven't looked at visible.tle
    in years.
    It turned out mostly cloudy again, but before leaving Mike's 
    house we saw a great bright (as bright as Capella at least) 
    very low, very fast pass of 28390, 04-30B, MESSENGER Delta.  
    We were only at BCRC a little while, saw only a few objects 
    between clouds before.  Earlier it had been very nice, and 
    the weather turned poor fairly quickly, so that we were 
    still hoping for better on the way to BCRC.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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