Re: Tips satellite

Marek Kozubal (
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 16:04:35 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 10 Feb 1998 wrote:

>Jason  Hatton commented on a satellite called Tips.  I assume that this is an
>acronym for a tethered satellite.  Can anyone supply and imformation on this
>satellite?  It's magnitude, length of tether, date of launch, purpose?

everything you want to know can probably be found at:

as this is the primary web site for the TiPS project.

I have seen this satellite a few times though a 7" Refractor at ~36x with
our tracking telescopes in boston, its a very nice object to see.  It has
a greyish white ghostly apparence to it with each end occasonally
flashing.  Very cool object!

Its not naked eye, but its definatly an easy binocular object if you know
where to look to find it. Its probably around 8th mag give or take a
magnitude or 2.

Its about 13.75 arcminutes long if you are looking right at it.

Hope this helps!

Marek Kozubal            
BeBox Programmer
Satellite Tracking for the LX200

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