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Originally posted by Star Ranger
Of course, you cannot accidentally track a satellite, you have to know what and where it is and guide your scope to track it so; it was known all along that this is what they are.
Originally posted by waveguide3
All orbiting objects, from the ISS to a wayward nut and bolt, are logged and tracked on a daily basis by NORAD. NORAD publishes orbital data (called two line elements) for every one of several thousand objects (excluding anything top secret). This allows astronomers to track a selected target with extreme accuracy. I've used these data myself to track and photograph the ISS for example, using an automated Meade 10" telescope.
[edit on 14-6-2008 by waveguide3]
Originally posted by hinky
I thought NORAD stopped publishing the data for public consumption. I don't know where I read that, but I saw it somewhere not too long ago. Have you tried to get updated data files in the last few months?