Re: How Many Bright Satellites?

From: JAY RESPLER via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:58:45 -0500
I went through Sat Sit Rept and got these RCS results:

5053 Large
2919 Med
11073 small
8368  no RCS shown.  These would be very small, classified or beyond 
earth orbit.

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Jay Respler
JRespler_at_superlink.net
Monroe Township, New Jersey

On 2/27/20 1:36 AM, JAY RESPLER via Seesat-l wrote:
> Depends how you define 'bright'.
> I compile the 100 (or so) Visual list on Celestrak. These are about 
> 150 naked eye sats that are typically brighter than  mag 3.5
> There are several 100 that I've measured with Zeiss 8x56 and Celestron 
> 20x80 binoculars.
> I've seen Several 100 more brighter than mag 12 with a Celestron C8 
> telescope.
> I'm still looking for and measuring everything brighter than mag 11.
>
> To get an idea of what is possible, see the Satellite Situation Report.
> Years ago I got NASA to add RCS to the Report just so that we could 
> tell what is potentially visible.
> Count how many objects have RCS of Medium and Large. That should give 
> a rough total  of 'bright satellites'.
>
> Let us know the results.
>
> -
> Jay Respler
> JRespler_at_superlink.net
> Monroe Township, New Jersey
>
> On 2/23/20 9:03 AM, Anthony Mallama via Seesat-l wrote:
>> I have identified just over 1,000 satellites with 15 x 50 binoculars.
>> However, additional birds are becoming difficult to find. Any 
>> estimates of
>> how many there are?
>>
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