TiPS and possible flashing geosynch

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Apr 13 2004 - 04:04:53 EDT

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    We had a very favorable pass of TiPS (96-029F, 23937) on a 
    very nice evening, and I was able to see it with my 8x42 
    (Orion Ultraview) as a fuzzy spot moving north, later a 
    couple of flashes from one and/or other of the end masses.  
    This is the third time I've seen it with binoculars; the
    first two times were with 10x50.  
    While observing Gorizont 29 with 8x42, in same FOV, just a 
    couple of degrees west and slightly south of G29, I saw 
    something else flash about +5 magnitude, very slowly (4 or
    5 seconds duration of the flash!).  Its flash period was 
    about four minutes.  It seems that it may have been Cosmos 
    2291 (94-060A, 23267) -- needs to be confirmed.  The next
    best nearby candidate was TDRS 6, slightly farther south.
    BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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