Re: Flaring geosat seen with binocs

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 08:19:15 EDT

Good so they appear to flare earlier then planned. If it is clear, I look 
for galaxy 11 to see if it appears an extra star in my 10*50 binoculars. I 
can mount mine on a tripod, so the view will be steady compared to holding 
them in my hands. And the fainter I will be able see. Now just go away 
As for them flaring early, maybe you have now enter the right angle to the 
solar panels to see sunlight reflecting off them. Depending on how much 
there is an angle to the panels, then you will see reflected light or not. 
Solar panels would I think reflect more light back then the satellite. Why 
wouldn't the angle to the solar panels effect the brightness just as they 
due for an iridium flare. All it takes is to be in a certain angle to see 
the sunlight reflecting off them. It is the right time for the angles to be 
right. Don't have to have a zero mirror angle to see light reflected off the 
panels, just as in iridum flares.

Kevin Fetter

44.6062 N
-75.6910 W

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