By Fran Ridge & Armando Landrian

Feb 21, 2021

Some of the best times and most educational activities I participated in during the early days were the SKYWATCHES. And at the time we thought we were well-equipped. We also thought we were dreaming about things that are now a reality. Things that are affordable and projects that are doable. One of my colleagues who operates a MADAR node in Connecticut is lucky enough to have a group that does them periodically.

MADAR Operations


That’s Armando Landrian on the right setting up the Skywatching equipment. All the equipment belongs to him and Mike Panacello.  They had a weather station, radiation meter, scanner, a puck, Flightradar24, night vision camera and handheld night vision, binoculars, emf meter and infrared strobe light.  They also used phone apps like Skyview to rule out space debris or stars or planets.  They also used the trail camera for the first time at this event and are always looking for new equipment or techniques to tryout. Eyeballs on the sky are always a plus

IMG_0690 / Set up 3 1

Mike's camera was set up on #2. Armando had #1 but they didn't set it up that night. Most of the time they have more equipment available than people to operate them.

IMG_0691.PNG  / Setup #2