Re: SMAP (2015-003A) Visual Observation

From: ronlee--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:42:48 -0700 (MST)
Brad,

I see that I forgot to mention that I used 7x50 binoculars.

My phase angle was also less than ideal but the previous telescopic
observation misled me to believe that I could see it with binoculars.

The antenna should be deployed soon if not already.  I do not have
a source to verify that status nor do I know if that will improve
the visibility.

All my viewing opportunities are in the west after sunset and east
before sunrise.

Based upon the pass times, I may lose viewing in the spring or summer.

Ron



> Thanks Ron for this update. I forgot to post that I looked for this object
> Saturday night with my 20 X 80 binoculars and was unable to see it. It was
> at a poor phase angle though, and in fairly twilight sky.
>
> Brad young
>
>
>
>> On Feb 18, 2015, at 2:01 PM, ronlee--- via Seesat-l
>> <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:
>>
>> Several days ago I saw this object again in my 8" telescope.
>> It was bright enough that I tried again this morning to see
>> it with binoculars.
>>
>> The previous sighting was at about 25 degrees elevation almost
>> due east about an hour before sunrise.
>>
>> This morning's attempt was about 57 degrees in elevation in the
>> east before sunrise but the sun was about 9 degrees below the
>> horizon.  As a result, I estimate from using Nu Lyr that had
>> SMAP been brighter than magnitude 5.2 I should have seen it.
>>
>> I did not see it so back to using a telescope.
>>
>> I have downloaded Cartes du Ciel to get a better source for
>> star magnitudes but have yet to learn how to incorporate a
>> larger star database.
>>
>> Ron Lee
>>
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