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visual sighting possible?

A few nights ago I was outside with my Arrow and HT working AO-51. 
During this time I noticed the faint glow of a satellite in the 
direction that I was pointing my antenna (no, I was not using a compass, 
sticks or GPS) :)  The satellite drifted across the sky and matched what 
I was seeing on my computer's tracking program.  I followed the 
satellite with my antenna and I continued to get a great signal from 
Echo.  Given that I am at 6000 feet altitude and in a dark area, do you 
think I really saw our small friend?

Ollie, AJ1O
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