Clarke belt


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Clarke belt

The geosynchronous (also geostationary) orbit that satellites are placed into. It was named after Arthur C. Clarke who proposed the concept in 1945. See GEO and Clarke's laws.
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A large field of view requires less-accurate telescope pointing to locate the Clarke Belt, but the easiest way to detect a geosynchronous satellite is by its apparent motion relative to the stars.
You can use a pencil or piece of tape to mark the telescope's altitude for the position of the Clarke Belt on the meridian.
For equatorial mounts, you can set the scope at the declination indicated in the chart and then sweep along the Clarke Belt by moving the scope in right ascension.