Naked eye EGP, Top 10 , TiPS

Stephen Thompson (
Wed, 24 Jul 96 13:50:00 PDT

Jay Respler wrote recently:

> I never got a positive response to my question a while ago:
> Has anyone seen EGP  naked eye?

Yes, on Dec 10 95 I was able to locate it with 10x50s and afterward I could 
see maybe 10% of the glints without the binoculars.   In spite of spending a 
lot of time looking up I have never 'accidently' caught EGP.  On Jan 20 95 I 
thought I had found it accidentally naked eye but it turned out instead to 
be a large booster at considerable distance 72003 B , Norad # 05816.

On another subject, I think VISUAL.TLE is a good list, I have been able to 
see all but about 30 of them without binoculars.  I think there may also be 
a need for two other lists.

A Visual 10 containing only really easy and bright stuff including Mir, HST, 
the tumbling boosters C 2278 r, C 2297 r, EORSATs  ect. This list would 
serve as training wheels for those just getting started and for use in town 
by the rest of us.  I keep such a list for use at outdoor parties.

A  Binoc 10 would also have a place. EGP, TiPS, USA 32, USA 81, C 1933, HST 
Array are all easy in binocs and each has something interesting about it 
that would encourage beginners to use binoculars and maps.

My first look at TiPS was more difficult than expected.  During a high pass 
Monday PM I was not able to catch it with 10x50s as it passed overhead.  I 
suspect perspective shortening , a damp murky sky and the moon.  As a last 
attempt I went to 20x70s and at about elevation 30 degrees I caught it 
passing about a degree east of Jupiter, right on schedule.  Neither end mass 
was visible.  Has anyone seen TiPS without optical aid?

Tallahassee FL 30.5N 84 W