Superbird A Visible in Binoculars

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 11:14:16 -0700 (MST)

I did observe Superbird A easily in 7x50 binoculars
last week.   I am considering making future obs with
binoculars since it may allow an easier determination
of the flashing mid-point.

By not seeing down to 11-12th magnitude, I should 
reduce the time error.   questions still remain on
whether I can detect the FAINT/BRIGHT flash pattern
before and after the mid-point.

As I mentioned in my previous posting, the pattern
MAY (unconfirmed) be that the brightest flash occurs
just prior to a short series of nearly equally bright
flashes.

After this point, the FAINT/BRIGHT pattern phasing
is shifted by 11.7 seconds.   In future obs, I will
attempt to provide the brightest flash as well as 
the assumed mid-point as defined by the equally
bright flashes and/or the changing of the FAINT/
BRIGHT flash pattern.

Hopefully this will provide more consistent data
for Rob Matson.   Also note that the earlier reports
were not consistent in this regard.

Ron Lee