how to resolve Mir?

Geoff Chester (
Thu, 9 Jan 97 09:14:52 EST

Ryan Rudnicki wrote:

>What is the minimum magnification required to resolve Mir?

A couple of years ago I watched  pass of Mir with my home-built 8-inch
Dobsonian from the Blue Ridge in Wintergreen VA.  Thanks to the design of
this scope I was able to track Mir by hand for about 30 seconds at a mag-
nification of about 48X.  It showed a very apparent "T"-shaped outline...
I would suspect based on this observation that a power of around 25X would
begin to show structure.


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