Re: Pictures

Ed Cannon (JRBURCA@aol.com)
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 19:51:49 EDT

In a message dated 98-07-02 13:11:08 EDT, you write:

<< Hi, I have tryed going out looking for satellites and have no luck.  Is 
 there any way someone can send me pictures of satellites they have seen, 
 so I know what to look for.  Thanks (or a web or ftp site where I can 
 see some) >>

I'm posting for other newbies as well.

Hi Brian,

You seem to be starting from "square one".  Basically, a satellite will
look like a "moving star" going across the sky.  Most are not very
bright but that perception depends on how dark the sky is and the
angle between you, the object, and the sun.  You can get a list of
visible satellites for any given night or morning by going to the following
URL and inputing the proper UTC offset (7 for Washington state) and
the proper latitude and longitude for your location.

Georgia State Satellite Prediction Service:
http://www.chara.gsu.edu/sat.html

The easiest satellite to see is Mir (#16609).  Learning how to use satellite
prediction software can be a struggle for some of us.  I use Dave Ransom's
STS Plus.  I remember in the beginning, it was all "Greek" to me, but I kept
referring to the .DOC (manual) without reading the whole thing and eventually,
I got it!  Now it is automatic to me; I use it with ease.  Pick a program and 
keep working with it.  I understand that there is an article in the August
issue
of Sky & Telescope Magazine that compares different satellite tracking 
(or prediction) software.

The Visual Satellite Observers Page will give you much to read and
links to links:
http://www2.satellite.eu.org/satintro.html

Starting here, you can obtain your latitude and longitude:
http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer

A few more links I have bookmarked:

Bright Satellites List:
http://home.t-online.de/home/R.Kracht/top50.htm 
The Satellite Encyclopedia:
http://www.tele-satellit.com/tse/online/
Satellite Links:
http://www.mos.org/shuttle/shuttle-page.html
Dave Ransom's Page:
http://www.dransom.com/
GSOC Page:
http://www.gsoc.dlr.de/satvis 

Some SeeSat members/subscribers home pages:
Don Gardner:
http://members.aol.com/mir16609/
Willie Koorts:
http://www.saao.ac.za/~wpk/
Bjoern Giml:
http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle
Alphonse Pouplier:
http://users.skynet.be/alphonse/

I haven't checked all these links recently to see if they are working.

Just keep reading and pressing forward.  A lot of the pleasure in seeing
satellites is not so much what they look like as just the idea that we as
regular people have it within our power to not only know when and where
to look but to know what exactly we are looking at.  This is due to the
software and software writers and information available via the internet.

Hope this helps.

-- Jake Rees
   Burbank, California USA