Re: NanoSail-D not seen

From: Djlaszlo (
Date: Sat Jan 22 2011 - 19:05:23 UTC

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    Thanks for the confirmation.  I've been mulling over your obs and the 
    dance with twilight this month. It seems likely we are we are straining 
    to see a large but backlit object with these passes.  I don't get good 
    phase angles for sunset passes until February.  I ran Calsky looking 
    for solar and lunar transits.  No luck in next 2 weeks.  However, the 
    NanoSail twitter feed mentioned Iridium sats . . .  perhaps someone can 
    catch NanoSail D with a daytime flare.  If the clouds don't roll in, I 
    have a 70 degree pass at sunset Jan 22, worth scanning the track with 
    eyes and binoculars, who knows?   ;-)    Dan Laszlo, Ft Collins CO USA
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Brad Young <>
    Sent: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 8:05 pm
    Subject: Re: NanoSail-D not seen
    Djlaszlo said: > Hi all, I also did not see NanoSail D but did see an 
    8th mag object on > appropriate track, I believe was FASTSAT.This 
    agrees with my searches for FASTSAT about a week ago. I was unable to 
    see it on 3 passes starting low in the east soon after twilight, until 
    I did see it at about a 50 deg pass in the west. The next pass was also 
    missed, on a 30 deg pass. The pass I did see was about 7th magnitude, 
    although it appeared to be 
    variable. those searching 
    for the sail may want be aware they may see FASTSAT instead.Brad      
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