My contribution to seeing TSS

jeff hunt (
Sun, 10 Mar 96 06:39:05 EST

I had an opportunity to view TSS (23805) this morning at 05:24 EST
(10:24 UTC) at an altitude of 11 deg above the southern horizon.

All I was able to view was a dim point of light that passed epsilon 
Sagittarius at 05:26:30 through my 7X50 binoculars.  I thought my analog 
watch said 05:25:30 but epoch 96097.833 indicated the passing at 05:26:30.
As much as I wanted to, I could not spot the tether, just a single point of 
light at a distance of 735 miles.  Oh well :-(

Afterwards, I attempted to view Hyakutake (C/1996B2) near the moon in Libra 
but I had no luck.  I did catch a short view of a satellite coming out of 
the Moon's glare going South, but I did not get any good coordinates from 
any nearby stars.  It may have been Cosmos 791R (08615), but there were 
several canidates for the time of 05:30:00 EST at a location below and East 
of the Moon going South.

I hope others can verify seeing the tether this morning.
Jeff Hunt, Charlotte Hall, Md.  38.51N, 76.76W