Almost time for flaring GEOSATS (Was: Geo sats)

From: Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 06:12:15 PST

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    At 12:40 AM 3/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
    >Cantv wrote:
    >> I am new in this hobbie. I would like to know if it is possible to see
    >> Geo-sats using binoculars, like for example Nonrad # 01317 ?. 
    
    Reference a previous post.  The dates here should have a companion around
    the vernal equinox.  Don't have time to figure it out now.  Maybe someone else
    will.  But the answer is yes at the right time.
    
    Last year Rainer Kresken posted info on seeing GEOSATS flaring just prior
    to Earth shadow entry.  The link is below:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Sep-1999/0002.html
    
    The dates as a function of latitude are below and we are approaching that 
    time for the northern hemisphere. 
    
    latitude    optimum date (Day/month)
    -80          01/09
    -60          04/09
    -40          09/09
    -20          15/09
    0            23/09
    +20          30/09
    +40          07/10
    +60          12/10
    +80          15/10
    
    I am at +39 degrees and saw several in binoculars on 6 Oct 99 and 27
    in an 8" telescope on 12 Oct 99  so you do have some time around each
    of his dates.
    
    Reference my previous posts:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Oct-1999/0054.html
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Oct-1999/0161.html
    
    Ron Lee
    
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