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Alton Vandiver

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Can you see satellites with a telescope?
« on: 15/12/2008 11:14:02 »
Alton Vandiver asked the Naked Scientists:

Could someone, while out stargazing, happen to catch a glimpse of a satellite in orbit with their telescope?

What do you think?


 

Offline dentstudent

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Can you see satellites with a telescope?
« Reply #1 on: 15/12/2008 11:16:56 »
You don't need a telescope to see them! They are perfectly visible with the naked (scientist) eye as bright lights that cross the sky. There are also websites available that will tell you where and when certain satellites will be, the most obvious of which would be the NASA site.
 

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Can you see satellites with a telescope?
« Reply #2 on: 15/12/2008 11:52:48 »
You'll need a seriously big telescope to see the International Space Station (ISS) in this detail ...
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Wp-CuJksk&feature=related

But by using a normal camera (on a tripod) it is possible to capture the "light trail" of the ISS, using a long exposure ...
http://flickr.com/photos/85264513@N00/23102942
 

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