Re: TiPS

Sue J. Worden (
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 21:11:31 -0500 (CDT)

> Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 21:41:26 -0700
> To: "Sue J. Worden" <>
> From: Fred & Julie Burger <>
> Subject: Re: TiPS
> [ ... ]
> Thanks for posting the description of viewing TiPS through the 16".  I have
> tracked it in my 13" Dobsonian so I know what you are talking about.
> Thoes Dobsonian mounts make really nice satellite trackers, much easier to
> handle than an equatorial mounting
> [ ... ]

Ah... I should have mentioned that Mike's 16-inch is on an equatorial
mount, which is one reason why I described as "amazing" his feat of
manual acquisition and almost perfect tracking for such a long period.

Also, for anyone who may be interested, Mike informs me that he had his
100x (!) eyepiece in during the TiPS pass.

Ron Dantowitz's description of TiPS in a large telescope as a big fat
fluorescent tube is quite apt.  Whereas, when I'd seen TiPS before in
Mike's 8-inch dobsonian, it seemed much more delicate and ghostly.

--Sue (