Can you see the space shuttle with a telescope?
actually you can, but it all depends on the weather. In 2006,
you could see Discovery docking with the International Space
Station during the twilight hours in clear weather.
"The appearance of either the Space Shuttle or the International
Space Station moving across the sky is not in itself unusual. Truth
be told, on any clear evening within a couple of hours of local
sunset and with no optical aid, you can usually spot several
orbiting Earth satellites creeping across the sky like moving
stars. Satellites become visible only when they are in sunlight and
the observer is in deep twilight or darkness. This usually means
shortly after dusk or before dawn".