TiPS observation

Bob King (
Sun, 4 May 1997 19:45:44 +0000

Concerning the visibility of TiPS ---- I was able to see it last 
night (May 3-4) between 10:31 -33 p.m. CDT during a 45-degree high 
pass from here in Northern Minnesota. A recent Molzcan elset was used 
and my instrument was a pair of 10x70 binoculars. The satellite was 
right on time but quite faint -- between 8 and 9th magnitude -- and 
very small at approximately 10 arc minutes. Still "Ralph" and 
"Norton" could be seen slowly flashing with one bright 6th magnitude 
flash from the lower object. The tether itself was very faint.

Bob King