Re: Tracking satellites with Meade ETX-90 EC

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:40:56 +0200 (CEST)

At 01:46 28-03-99 -0500, you wrote:
>>I've been told about French observers who have imaged satellites including
>>the classified U.S. NRO Keyhole birds.
>I am wondering if these folks referred to are Alain Grycan and Eric Laffont?
>I believe they used a C11, but I am not sure.  The problem is not so much in

At Eurosom 1, Alain Grycan was our guest and he gave a talk about telescopic
tracking of satellites.
At that time he(and Eric Laffont) used a 310mm telescope from an observatory
at Jolimont, Toulouse.
They have some nice pictures of the shuttle and Mir but other satellites as
well.  I don't know about any tracking of Keyhole satellites but if they do
I think they won't tell us because they have had some trouble with military
people who didn't like what they were doing.  There is a military base close
to their observing place.


Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at: Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N/Rijckevelde:
3.2867E/51.2054N/Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N