Satellite spotting can be a completely free hobby. However if you want to spend here are some tips on equipment complimenting the information in the book..
Binoculars are perfect for satellite spotting. The Sony a7S and now the a9S is the ultimate Digital SLR camera for recording the night sky. This one is expensive but the quality is so high that it has been used on the International Space Station. This is the camera I dream about at night...
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Satellite Spotting & Operations Handbook
To calculate how effective binoculars are to each other, calculate objective lens diameter squared, divided by magnification squared.
Example 7x50 binoculars... 50x50=2500 7x7=49 2500 divided 49 = 51
As of Aug 2016, we have purchased a plot of land in Arizona and built an observing platform. This will serve to image satellites against a very dark sky. The fence is to keep out rattlesnakes and scorpions.