Monday, July 28, 2014
No visual / Eggbeater Test
During this weekend's new moon I stayed up (very late) for 4 passes to see if I could see the LEDs on board blink. I used automation to send the "blink" command every 20 seconds. My laptop is too bright to use even on the lowest setting and would ruin my night vision. I was able to use my I-pad and Samsung phone by locking them down to the lowest brightness and disabling "auto" brightness. I also used some Baofeng cheapo handheld radios to monitor uplink and downlink in real time so I could "hear" what was going on. I had one pass that was fairly clear (cutting down on the light pollution from the nearby elementary school and village of Randolph, which I have to look over to see the satellite from home), I was unable to see anything. The other 3 passes were clear sky but enough fog/haze to increase the light pollution too much to clearly see stars. I went out at least 30 minutes before the pass to make sure my eyes adjusted beforehand. I would like to try again, seems like this won't be until mid September.
I am trying to get in the habit of creating blog posts, seems like there isn't enough time to do everything I want to do.