RE: So I am not a real observer, oh well.

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Feb 06 2009 - 13:07:54 UTC

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    All kidding aside, I believe it is worth pointing out that the distinction John
    made was between what could be described as casual observation and precise
    observation, not the choice of equipment, and knowing John, in expressing his
    respect for one group, he did not mean to slight another.
    
    There are many ways in which to enjoy our fine hobby, and what and how to
    observe is purely a personal decision.
    
    I enjoy watching the International Space Station (98067A / 25544) fly by in
    formation with a shuttle for the aesthetics, and making measurements would
    detract from my enjoyment. However, I also enjoy watching NOSS formations
    (http://www.satobs.org/noss.html), but since their orbits are not published by
    official sources, I want to make precise positional observations, so that we do
    not lose track of them as their orbits evolve. Each observer has his or her own
    preferences. 
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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