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re: Sat Tracking By Pencil

Hi James:
There were several articles on this topic published in the Scientific
American's "The Amateur Scientist" column during the late fifties and
sixties.  Fortunately, those have all become available on a CD-ROM
collection.  One URL is

Martin Davidoff's "The Radio Amateur's Satellite Handbook" has plans for
the OSCARLOCATOR and a couple of nice chapters on orbital mechanics.
This book is available from AMSAT and the ARRL.

I also recommend Jerry John Seller's book Understanding Space as a good
introduction to orbital mechanics.  A URL is

I think this sounds like a great classroom project.  You can make the
predictions and then go outside and look for visual passes to check your
results.  Lots of fun!

Will Marchant
marchant@ssl.berkeley.edu       http://chips.ssl.berkeley.edu/~marchant/

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