Re: Mir Marathon - SIX visible passes in one night!

Anthony Beresford (
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 22:08:59 +0930

At 05:45 AM 6/11/96 -0500, you wrote:
>However, I wonder if Mir can be seen in daylight with binoculars or a
>telescope? Has anybody tried?  How about Saturn and Jupiter?  If they're
>visible in daylight, I think that Mir would be too, given a decent phase
>angle.  ......
>Dave Mullenix, N9LTD

Dave, in the 60's observed both Echo 1 and echo 2 in daylight, with
a Mooneatch apogee telescope ( 20x 120 monocular). It was on altaz circles
which made it possible to point with no refernces. I could also see
Antares ( overhead here at 2pm) on a September afternoon. Russell
Eberst has followed the shuttle in binoculars with sun above horizon.
I thonk one should see MIR in daylight The only trick is to be able to point
the instrument. Since the illunination conditions would be unfavourable
for passes near the Sun, I would think the best passes to the North of you,
would restrict it to only 2or 3 good passes.
Tony Beresford
Adelaide So. Australia