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    Default Objects Passing Through Field of View



    Last night I was observing double stars with a new scope that I've had for a few weeks. In about 3 hours I saw what were either shooting stars or satellites pass right through the center of the field of view four times. Twice the object moved quickly, and twice it moved more slowly. There was also a possible fifth quick moving object close to the outside edge of the field of view.

    Was I incredibly lucky last night, or does this happen? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

    Happens a lot. Typically these are satellites or old rocket bodies and other junk. Satellites are speedy and seem to move purposefully. Space junk seems to be slower and sometimes appears to be tumbling along.

    Meteors sometimes flash through the FOV as well.
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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

    Just wait until you have a airliner go flashing through the FOV, that will make you step back!
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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

    An airliner cross the Moon early on in my adventure with my telescope. Made me jump back from the telescope. But as Bryan has commented there's a lot of stuff floating around up there. I just never paid attention before. Now I see it all the time. It is really interesting how much is up there. And how much of it is trash. :-)
    Sometimes if you see what you think is a satellite you can take your information about the observation and possibly identify it with the help of websites dedicated to tracking the satellites. I have not taken the time to identify anything but I do know that there are people who devote a lot of observation time to identifying just satellites.
    All of this stuff has been an interesting learning curve for me.
    And depending on where in the sky you are looking there are certain areas that are rather congested with satellites Etc almost like Crossroads. Thanks for reporting dkrnet.

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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

    Fun stuff. I've seen a ton of junk cross the guiding camera image while shooting...
    As Bryan had once mentioned...
    That's when you have to resist the temptation to yell "Squirrel!!" and forget what it was you were trying to look at and go off chasing them!
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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

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    Woosh!

    Now that one is the best I have ever seen. seen one like that once but it was just a cessna
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    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Woosh!

    I swear that's the same airplane I saw. You took that last spring? :-)

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    We get the migrating geese in the spring and fall. Don't believe that they all sleep at night.
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    Default Re: Objects Passing Through Field of View

    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    We get the migrating geese in the spring and fall. Don't believe that they all sleep at night.
    Let them pass peacefully. If spooked they can drop a dangerous payload! Trust me on this one....
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