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Hi all,

 

We had some friends over last night and they told me they'd seen an 'unusual phenomena' in the sky a few days earlier, and asked me about it, knowing i was an astronomy enthusiast.

A bit of fact gathering and i soon deduced they'd seen the 'Starlink Satellite' chain.

 

I myself, have not seen them yet, so after a bit of hunting found a new app on my phone to help me try and spot them. I thought i'd share it on here, if it's of interest.

I don't know a whole lot about the geometry of these things and where to spot them and how bright they are but hopefully i can soon locate them.

 

The app i'm using is free on iOS and is called 'Starlink Tracker'

Heres the home page : you simply let it upload your GPS details and then you can find what visible passes are due

 

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It appears there's now 2 seperate chains of these things up there, with more to follow, which i'm sure we've heard all about.

 

And if you read this soon after i post it,  its telling me there's a pass due this evening (Sunday 18 Jan) commencing 18:12hrs - 18:17hrs from south west to east at 11 deg elevation (similar area to Venus ?)

It does state that 100% accuracy cannot be guaranteed, so it will be interesting to see if i can bag them.......i will be out there with my binocs anyway 😀

 

Do let me know if you try this app and have some success ?? !!

Thanks for reading.

 

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Hi all,   We had some friends over last night and they told me they'd seen an 'unusual phenomena' in the sky a few days earlier, and asked me about it, knowing i was an astronomy enthusiast.

They are also listed on the heavens above app which is my go to for all things man made.

Some success !

Despite clouds blotting out the southern skys my 7x50s still managed to see through it enough to count about 15-20 satellites. 
Timing was pretty much spot on too. 
I will try again when conditions improve and hopefully be able to film them on the DSLR

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