Hi David, Thanks for your comment on TiPs. I've observed it by scope three times now. Once it was vertical or near vertical, the second time it appeared as a point, and the last obs it was oriented along its flight path, I believe I reported it as looking like a snake moving across the sky. Jim Brierley David wrote: > > Jim > > > 23937 96 029F 8935 E 19990916025838760 27 25 1523509+715171 28 S+075 > > 10 > > > > note: TiPs appeared as a point, not the usual line, was the tether > > extended > > away from the planet? Am I correct in assuming that the axis of > > rotation > > is perpendicular to its flight path? > > > After launch TiPS took a little while to settle down, but every time I > see it now the tether is vertical in the sky. This is because the > stable configuration is for the two weights that it connects to always > lie in the local vertical. > > I don't know what other observers think, but I believe that the tether > is much less bright than when it was first launched, and I only see it > in 20x80 binoculars on a favourable transit and really dark sky. The > weights are visible on and off even when the tether isn't. > > David. > > David M Brierley > Malvern, Worcestershire, UK > > -- > The Information contained in this E-Mail and any subsequent correspondence > is private and is intended solely for the intended recipient(s). > For those other than the recipient any disclosure, copying, distribution, > or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on such information is > prohibited and may be unlawful.