n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Amateur optical tracking in South Africa during 1957 - 2017. Part 7

Volume 74, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



This article covers the activities of the various MOONWATCH teams in the Durban area. In particular those of Arthur Arnold and Greg Roberts. Because some duplication has been eliminated, please read this account in conjunction with Part 2. The MOONWATCH organization was not interested in observations from amateurs unless associated with a recognized MOONWATCH site so this excluded many from participating in tracking satellites so, as detailed in Part 2 of this series, other organizations came into being up that offered some scope for amateur satellite enthusiasts to make meaningful contributions to the space program. Roberts in mid-1957 volunteered to set up a MOONWATCH station before the first satellites were launched but his offer was declined because of the anti "lone wolf" policy, so initially tracking activities where not MOONWATCH orientated.

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