ISS PASS, for what it's worth.

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ISS PASS, for what it's worth.

Unread post by WCGucfa » Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:31 pm

Guys,

I decided to celebrate the clearing sky this morning (03/18/07 @ 5:06 EDT) by trying to grab a glimpse of the ISS. The sky 17 degrees above SE was ablaze with light from Fall River and everything in between. The color image original was very noisy so I changed it to B&W and lightened it. It's still noisy but now it looks like one of those old UFO magazine pictures.
I took four 10 second exposures at f/2.0 as the station passed.
Flipping fast through the four shots shows the short streak zipping across the sky. The spacecraft is moving from right to left (SSE to SE).
Another problem was that the ISS was only 1.7mag. at maximum brightness, dimmer due to the bad seeing.
This was truly a pass only naked eyes could love.

Bill

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Unread post by james and james mceachern » Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:37 am

Neat Photo :) .

James
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Unread post by Bruce D » Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:23 pm

cool, what kind of camera did you use?
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Unread post by WCGucfa » Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:34 pm

Hey Guys,

Thanks, I live for your compliments and criticisms. It makes me a better photog. I used my obsolete trusty 5mp, Sony DSC F-707, 10sec at 400 ISO. I tried a few test shots before the pass to see if I could reduce the exposure and darken the LP but the ISS wouldn't have showed up on the image. 1.7 mag. is bright but moving 1.7 won't record unless you throw on the power under these poor conditions. What I needed was higher altitude and darker sky. All that said, it was well worth seeing without the gadgets. Your eye compensates for the orange light and the sky looks darker. There's a lot to be said for naked-eye/binocular observing, as you well know.

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Unread post by Ed Roach » Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:26 pm

Great stuff Bill! I hope George Huftalen and I get a chance at imaging the ISS during the next several of months. George has the tracking worked out and hopefully we can get it on the CCD. Then we just need to pray for a steady atmosphere. :D

Clear & steady skies,
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Unread post by WCGucfa » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:46 pm

Thanks Ed,

I can't wait for you and George to get shooting. I'm getting bored with my easy shots. I'm not capable with the techno stuff like you guys. This snapshooter is ready to be entertained by the super imagers of the club!
I'm also hoping you'll try to image comet Enke when it flys by. I know when you start doing DSO's and comets, you're going to amaze us if the shots are anything like your L and P images.

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Unread post by Galactus » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:50 pm

Bill, FYI, on March 25 at 9:12 AM the ISS will transit the disc of the Sun as seen from my location; it must cover your area as well, I'd think. I will attempt an image, thought you'd like to know.
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Unread post by Bruce D » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:53 pm

That's real cool George, do you know how wide the footprint is? I wonder if I can see it ftom here. Where did you find out about the transit, heavens above?
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Unread post by Galactus » Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:13 pm

From http:\\www.CalSky.com Bruce.

Log on an get a free membership. I'm sorry that I cannot tell you more as this computer is crashing constantly.

CalSky sends auto alerts on a variety of events that meet your search criteria. Since I have wanted to image the ISS, I thought it would be easier against the sun or moon and I have white light solar filtration.
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Unread post by Bruce D » Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:19 pm

yeah that should be an awesome opportunity.
LETS HOPE FOR GOOD WEATHER.
AHAHAHAHAHA!

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