Re: How Many Bright Satellites?

From: JAY RESPLER via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 01:36:25 -0500
Depends how you define 'bright'.
I compile the 100 (or so) Visual list on Celestrak. These are about 150 
naked eye sats that are typically brighter thanĀ  mag 3.5
There are several 100 that I've measured with Zeiss 8x56 and Celestron 
20x80 binoculars.
I've seen Several 100 more brighter than mag 12 with a Celestron C8 
I'm still looking for and measuring everything brighter than mag 11.

To get an idea of what is possible, see the Satellite Situation Report.
Years ago I got NASA to add RCS to the Report just so that we could tell 
what is potentially visible.
Count how many objects have RCS of Medium and Large. That should give a 
rough totalĀ  of 'bright satellites'.

Let us know the results.

Jay Respler
Monroe Township, New Jersey

On 2/23/20 9:03 AM, Anthony Mallama via Seesat-l wrote:
> I have identified just over 1,000 satellites with 15 x 50 binoculars.
> However, additional birds are becoming difficult to find. Any estimates of
> how many there are?
> Tony Mallama
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