Re: Frequently Asked Questions about Satellite Tracking

From: Scott Tilley via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018 14:48:55 -0800
Hi Brooke

I myself very much 'track' satellites both optically and by radio. 
Here's an example of me literally doing this optically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f76ETkcW8I

But to get to the point where anyone can 'track' the satellite literally 
you need to find it by tracking it down and accurately define the orbit.

I use both techniques simultaneously when conditions and the target 
allows.  In fact, my directional antennas are mounted coaxially with my 
video and still imaging equipment. The search always begins either 
optically or by radio using techniques often shared on this list.  Each 
observer has their own unique procedures and techniques customized to 
their own tastes and hardware.

When I recovered IMAGE I was in a search mode using a omni-directional 
antenna.  Details of the recovery can be found on our blog.

https://skyriddles.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/nasas-long-dead-image-satellite-is-alive/

Regards,
Scott Tilley

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On 2018-02-04 2:28 PM, Brooke Clarke via Seesat-l wrote:
> Hi Scott:
>
> I'm on other lists where there was a question about "tracking" 
> satellites realted to your discovery.  But I don't think that's the 
> correct term.
> For me, tracking implies hardware/software to point a telescope or 
> antenna at a named satellite.
>
> I'd say the main focus of this list server is discovery of satellites, 
> determination of their orbital elements and determination of the 
> elements for de-orbiting sats.
>
> Your FAQ has excellent info on the tools you're using but does not 
> have anything about the procedure.  For example did you find IMAGE 
> first optically or using the unified S-band signal?  What field of 
> view if optically or antenna beam width if by radio.  How long did the 
> search take?
>

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