Re: TiPS search

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Tue Jul 08 2003 - 07:43:59 EDT

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    At 20:43 8/07/03, Edward S Light wrote:
    >Despite very humid hazy light-polluted skies, I managed to see an object
    >pass quite close to predictions using the TLE suggested by Mike McCants:
    >
    >TiPS? McC
    >1 43937U 96029F   03113.02889112 0.00003500  00000-0  32202-2 0    03
    >2 43937  63.4145   5.2674 0231000   0.3215 359.6785 13.71273610    06
    >
    >Using 10x50 binoculars, at UTC 2003 July 08/ 07:43:26 +/- 5s, it appeared
    >at RA 19:42.5, Decl +6.51 (2000 coordinates, +/- < 1 degree).  This was
    >20 seconds later and perhaps one degree higher than the above TLE predict. 
    >
    >The apparent magnitude was about +5.5, corresponding to SkyMap standard
    >magnitude +5.8 and quicksat intrinsic magnitude +4.4 . (Which is brighter
    >than the real TiPS appeared to me in the past by at least 1-2 magnitudes.)
    >
    >I haven't had the time for an alldat search so I cannot at all eliminate
    >a more mundane object rather than TiPS (or a part thereof).
    Ed,
    I just did a FINDSAT search on your observation, using version 
    of alldat.tle I got from source about36 hours ago.
    I get a reasonably close match, -4 secs, 0.6 degree position error
    for 93 70 B #22889 a cosmos rocket
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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