Observing Certificate Program

From: Brad Young (allenb_young@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2008 - 16:33:53 UTC

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    I am considering developing an Earth Orbiting Satellite Observation Club II program for the Astronomical League and would like to get a read on the level of interest for such a program. For those of you not familiar with the first program, it is a great way to introduce yourself to satellite observing through using predictions for basic tracking and introduces you to the myriad of objects available for viewing. In my case, I had never been interested at all in satellite tracking until I did this AL program; I have been actively tracking satellites ever since, and it has become a new enjoyable skill I have added to my other observations of solar system and deep sky objects.
    If you are interested, I would suggest visiting the Astronomical League website and looking into the program. Of course, my question here deals more specifically with those of you who have already completed that program, and are interested in the next level. For the Advanced program, I would like to introduce new methods and skills, such as timing flash periods for tumbling satellites or rocket bodies, finding debris, decaying satellites, and perhaps deriving orbital parameters from your own observations. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
    I have sent this out to a large audience to see if there is any interest. Obviously, I would rather you respond to me directly than via the group or mailing list you received this on. If there is sufficient interest, I will start developing a program as soon as possible.
    Brad Young
    TULSA 1
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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