Re: TiPS search

From: Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Date: Tue Jul 08 2003 - 07:13:09 EDT

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    Despite very humid hazy light-polluted skies, I managed to see an object
    pass quite close to predictions using the TLE suggested by Mike McCants:
    
    TiPS? McC
    1 43937U 96029F   03113.02889112 0.00003500  00000-0  32202-2 0    03
    2 43937  63.4145   5.2674 0231000   0.3215 359.6785 13.71273610    06
    
    Using 10x50 binoculars, at UTC 2003 July 08/ 07:43:26 +/- 5s, it appeared
    at RA 19:42.5, Decl +6.51 (2000 coordinates, +/- < 1 degree).  This was
    20 seconds later and perhaps one degree higher than the above TLE predict. 
    
    The apparent magnitude was about +5.5, corresponding to SkyMap standard
    magnitude +5.8 and quicksat intrinsic magnitude +4.4 . (Which is brighter
    than the real TiPS appeared to me in the past by at least 1-2 magnitudes.)
    
    I haven't had the time for an alldat search so I cannot at all eliminate
    a more mundane object rather than TiPS (or a part thereof).
    
    Clear and dark skies!
       Ed Light
    
    N 40.1075, W 074.2312, +24 m (80 ft)
    
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