Re: Orbit's pole

Darwin Teague (darwin@indy.net)
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 20:40:52 -0400

At 06:31 PM 7/24/98 +0200, you wrote:
>Hi SeeSatters,
>I've tried to see the structure of Mir several times,
>but tracking it with my equatorially-mounted Newtonian
>has always been a barrier.
>Recently I thought, that actually hand-tracking would be
>much easier if I knew where the pole of the orbit
>was. What I'm looking for, is a computer program that
>will tell me RA and Dec of the orbit's pole. I would have to
>care only for one axis then.
>
>                                        Clear Skies,
>                                        Grzegorz Koralewski
>                                        53.37N 14.65E 100M
I used part of an equatorial mount to track sats with one axis only. I
stuck some pictures on my web page:

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/7438/sattrak.html

I used the closest approach predicted by Mr. Orbit, an old satellite
prediction program to set the mount. I could then follow the sat with one
axis only.

Mr. orbit is also on my page at:

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/7438/dishhead.html
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