Re: Coursen magnitudes

Tue, 23 Jul 1996 23:51:09 -0400 (EDT)

On 23 Jul 1996, Rob Matson wrote:
>  For a few hundred bucks (then), he could have
> purchased a minimal computer and done his own predictions.  

I mentioned to him that he could do so now, too.

>Who knows, maybe he has one now.

Nope, I've been sending him printed predictions.

> The only reason I mention any of this is that I don't want anyone to attach
> any radiometric significance to anything Ron might report.  I'm happy that he
> enjoys looking at satellites, but he is not (yet) qualified to give stellar
> magnitude estimates or provide timing information.

I'm glad you confirmed my ideas.  Just because something looks bright in 
binoculars does not make it mag 1.

I never got a positive response to my question a while ago:
Has anyone seen EGP  naked eye?

Even if theoretical mag is 1, it may be for such a short period as to not 
be visible.  When using binoculars, it always seemed to flash to about 
mag 5.

Jay Respler
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