ETS-7 still separated

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 10 Aug 98 04:23:25 PDT

I saw both components of ETS-7 at 1100 UT August 10, in both 10x50s
and a 4.5in newtonian at 40x.  The magnitude was about 5.5 for each, and
they were about .2 degrees apart.  I first saw them in binos as they
left eclipse at el 45, az 110, heading down toward the east, and switched
to my scope shortly afterward.  While not as spectacular as seeing seven
Iridiums in a tight cluster, it was an interesting pass nonetheless.
It reminded me of those TiPS passes where you can make out Norton and
Ralph at the ends, but the tether itself is elusive.

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, California
 36 41 10.3N,  121 48 17.9W    (36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -7