TIPS not observed

From: PAUL MALEY (pdmaley@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2006 - 11:04:38 EDT

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    I watched this morning's extremely favorable pass of
    TIPS beginning 5 minutes early and continuing until 8
    minutes past the predicted time from the last elset.
    Nothing was seen with my 25x150 binoculars with 2.7
    deg field of view. I do not see how I could have
    missed it since TIPS has always been an easy object to
    see. 
    
    It leads to three immediate possibilities: the tether
    has gotten so faint it is not easily detectable, the
    elset is flawed, or the tether had broken earlier. The
    moon was 3rd quarter and provided only minor
    interference. 
    
    Elevation 60, azimuth 341 range 775 miles, phase 75
    deg.
    
    Paul Maley
    
    Paul D. Maley
    
    29.6049N, 95.1069W, alt.6m
    email: pdmaley@yahoo.com
    
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