Re: The Feasibility and Application of Observing Small LEO Satellites with Amateur Telescopes

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:42:18 +0100
All-sky cameras are employed for meteor surveys, and they only catch relatively bright objects. For satellites, I don't think you go beyond mag +2 with such a camera. So for *small* objects in Leo it is useless, imho. Another point is that the astrometry (positions) from such a wide field view is not very accurate. Recently I did an analysis of all-sky images from a recent Soyuz r/b re-entry imaged by several of our meteor all sky camera's, and residuals stay very large.

A better strategy would be to set up a fence consisting of several Camera's (photo or video) with smaller FOV.

- Marco

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Op 6 feb. 2015 om 00:08 heeft Sheldon Cooper via Seesat-l <> het volgende geschreven:

>> Sounds like something similar to what is used at observatories for all 
>> sky viewing of weather conditions. Depends a lot on the camera and the 
>> optics used but I doubt if you will get fainter than magnitude +6 - more 
>> likely around mag +4 or so. Good luck.
>> Greg
> That's exactly what gave me the idea and made me wonder if that method had ever been used as a UNID/lost track fence. I don't plan to do it myself as I'm definitely not located in a dark sky area. One reader emailed to say that DSLR mechanical shutter life might be an issue with all-night short time exposures taken nightly.
> On the viewing problems of the PDF at the thesis link:
> I have had none viewing it within the Chrome browser or using the stand-alone Foxit reader.
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