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Re: ANDE and Amateur Astronomers?



Bob, will this be a LEO? The reason I ask is to get
some kind of guesstimate of how fast the telescope
would have to slew. I've got a ham friend who's into
astronomy pretty heavy, and that's the first thing
he'd ask.
Jim  KQ6EA


--- Robert Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu> wrote:

> The next Amateur Satellite, ANDE, to be launched any
> day now
> will have six lasers on board that we can turn on at
> any time.
> But the lasers are each dispursed over at least 45
> degrees so
> the actual illumination is no brighter than a common
> red LED.
> 
> I doubt anyone will be able to see it, so don't
> bother trying.
> 
> However, there are a few very dedicated amateur
> astronomers that
> have the high precision tracking capability that
> have taken
> photos of the Shuttle and the ISS.  They might want
> to take a
> crack at it.
> 
> I'm looking for someone with a foot in that camp to
> be a focal
> point of contact for such an effort.
> 
> It would not be soon after launch, but a little
> while after they
> have developed a really good track on it.
> 
> Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
> 
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