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Re: Taking a picture of AO40 in orbit?



The USAF has a facility in southern New Mexico which is used for 
photographing satellites.

--On Thursday, August 9, 2001 09.50 -0400 "Timothy S. Zibrat" 
<tzibrat@adelphia.net> wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> I'm sure that this question has been asked to ourselves, but I haven't
> seen it on the reflector.
>
> So here it goes, stupid question #50921:
>
> Is there anyway that a picture of AO40 in orbit can be taken?
>
> Is there a powerful enough earth based telescope that can snap a pic
> during perigee?
>
> Can another satellite that comes within range of AO40 that is actually
> pointing at AO40 to get an image?
>
> Is there anyone on this reflector that has access time on the Hubble to
> snap a pic of AO40? :^)
>
> I know this would be extremely difficult to pull off, but my understanding
> of telescopes/imaging satellites and their imaging capabilities is limited
> at best.
>
> I've seen pictures on the web of the space shuttle and other satellites in
> orbit, albeit they were fuzzy, I imagine due to the exposure times and
> speed of the object and tracking difficulties.
>
> I've found software on the web that will track satellites with a telescope
> for imaging purposes.
>
> I think it would be interesting to see if the damage to AO40 can be seen
> in such an image.  And maybe get an idea of the ME from these images.
>
> I don't have a telescope, but I'm sure there are astronomers on this
> reflector (probably laughing right now) that have thought about this and
> discarded the idea due to something I don't know about.
>
> Please don't flame my ignorance of the limitations of astronomy, it's just
> been something I've been thinking about ever since the "event" in
> November.
>
> Regards,
> Tim
> K3TZ
>
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