We have received a lot of responses to the recovery of IMAGE. It would be difficult to respond in great detail to each request so we have taken the time to compile some references to help our readers understand what we do and allow you to explore the world of satellite tracking based on the input of our colleagues in the hobby as well.
What is Satellite Tracking?
Satellite tracking is a hobby that uses skills in astronomy, physics and mathematics to locate, identify and compute the orbits of objects in space and also study the characteristics of those objects. Satellite trackers use visible light and radio to track satellites.
- Optical: Visual Satellite Observer’s Home Page
- Radio: HearSat mailing list/HearSat IRC (via UHF-Satcom)
Where can I discuss Satellite Tracking?
- SeeSat-L Mailing list: SeeSat-L Home Page
- Hearsat: HearSat mailing list/#hearsat IRC (via uhf-satcom)
What optical hardware do you use to Track Satellites?
This can range from binoculars and a stop watch, low light video cameras and DSLR cameras with fast lenses attached.
- Beginner’s Observing Guide
- International Meteor Organization (IMO) – Video Meteor Cameras
- Satellite Tracking at Station 4553
- DSLR Cameras for Astrophotography
- GPS video time inserter
- WWV or similar time reference
- Tracking telescope mount
What radio equipment do you use to Track Satellites?
A good summary of the equipment used to detect IMAGE can be found on the:
- UHF-Satcom S-band page
- Sven Gran’s page on S-band tracking
- A Very Low Noise (pre) – Amplifier for the UHF 70cm to 9cm bands
- Software Defined Radio (SDR)
What software do you use to Track Satellites?
- Heavensat – program for visual observing of artificial satellites
- Satellite Tracking Toolkit – a collection of tools to facilitate Photographic and Video satellite tracking
- STRF – RF Satellite Tracking Toolkit
- Gqrx – an open source software defined radio receiver (SDR)
- Gpredict – a real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction application
- KStars – a free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy application
- Tangra 3 – a free open source cross-platform software for reducing astronomical video observations
- AstroRecord – is astrometric software to measure wide-field astronomical imagery
- Astrometrica – is a interactive software tool for scientific grade astrometric data reduction of CCD images
What else have you discovered?
Our team has recovered many interesting objects over the years. Here is a select few significant ones.
- Canadian tracks down secret U.S. space plane
- Kosmos-2499: Is it a spy or an assassin… or both?
- Classified Satellite Delivery captured in Ground-Based Video
- Amateur Astronomers Solve Mystery Of Unidentified Fireball And Weird Space Junk Found In Spain
- Amateur Ontario astronomer spots tool bag in space
- US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station
- North Korea missile: Inconsistencies spotted in Hwasong-15 images
Who else Tracks Satellites?
- Meet the amateur astronomers who track secretive spy satellites for fun
- Interview with Ted Molczan, citizen satellite tracker
- SatTrackCam Leiden (Cospar 4353)
- Satellite Spotters Glimpse Secrets, and Tell Them
- CoSaTrak – Computerised Satellite Tracking
- Mike McCants’ Satellite Tracking Web Pages