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I've seen discussion threads where amateur astronomers estimate a satellite's orbital parameters from angles-only telescope observation. Are there any community tools or algorithms to help with this math? It's not a trivial problem to solve.

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  • $\begingroup$ My thinking is that you'd use curve fitting techniques to match the observations to a best fit ellipse. You should also be able to estimate the period directly, which will give you the distance which should help. $\endgroup$ – barrycarter Feb 6 '16 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean algorithms to estimate the position using its right ascension and declination? There are several methods available for that. $\endgroup$ – Astroynamicist Feb 6 '16 at 17:23
  • $\begingroup$ I'd like to estimate all the orbital parameters -- apogee, perigee, inclination, etc. I know it's done, but I was hoping for some libraries / tools to help do the job so I'm not coding up journal articles. $\endgroup$ – Carl F. Feb 6 '16 at 18:27

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