Re: Daytime Iridium Flares?

From: msb (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2007 - 11:32:41 EDT

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    I` use polerized sunglasses i have found that this works well.It dims the
    surrounding sky and when you alighn the light in one direction you get good
    contrast when it comes to seeing differing levels of light also if the sun
    is visible i hold up apeice of material to block the sunlight. also try 3d
    glasses the effect is fun to see .plus be looking exactly where the flash is
    about to happen this is difficult to  do and a critical part of the process.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "George Roberts" <>
    To: "Bruce MacDonald" <>;
    Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 5:27 PM
    Subject: Re: Daytime Iridium Flares?
    > > Do any SeeSat subscribers have any tips on how to observe these elusive
    > > events?
    > I've never been successful either.  But one thing you might try
    > is to use a polarizing filter.  Just rotate for maximum dark sky.
    > This only helps if the satellite is very roughly 90 degrees from
    > the sun.
    > If I try again I will probably locate the exact altitude and azimuth
    > the night before - find a spot to stand in the yard with the roof of
    > a house or tree to sight along to find the exact spot referenced by
    > the stars at night.
    > - George Roberts
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