Re: KF4ZTI 11 latex floater now over Tulsa OK
James Ewen VE6SRV
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Harry might be wearing glasses if he has bad vision. Most likely just using his eyes.
A 1200 gram balloon at that altitude is easy to spot. It will be a little white dot in the sky.
The balloon will be about 30 feet or so across.
It is kind of hard to imagine being able to see a balloon so far away until you actually see one. I recall seeing my first HAB at altitude and being amazed that I could see it.
One flight we did, we put a very light payload in a 1 cu ft styrofoam box with no parachute. Just a tumble recovery.
I was watching the flight with binoculars when the balloon burst. I was able to watch the box fall to the earth.
I watched it down to about 30,000 feet where I foolishly thought “I’ll have a look for be box with my naked eyes!”. I was unable to find the box with the binoculars after that.
Recovered the payload a couple miles from where we were watching the burst.