n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Amateur optical tracking in South Africa
|Article Title||Amateur optical tracking in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Nov 2013|
|Pages||195 - 207|
This is the first of what is planned to be several articles covering the history of amateur satellite tracking in South Africa during the period 1957 to the present. It will concentrate almost exclusively on optical tracking rather than being a complete record of optical and radio tracking. Whilst it will mainly cover amateur activity some professional astronomers played leading roles for the first year or so.
Besides the Moonwatch organisation several other organisations were interested in satellite optical observations and they will also be discussed. Each of the various Moonwatch stations will be described, and illustrated where possible, in numerical order of their station identification by COSPAR which was established by the International Council of Scientific Unions in October 1958 to continue the cooperative programmes of rocket and satellite research undertaken during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58.
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