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 Post subject: Question for Bob
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:41 pm 
Hi Bob
Was wondering in your years of astro-photography, Have you ever took pictures of satellites or the ISS orbiting the earth ?


 Post subject: Satellite photography
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:22 pm 
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Hi David,

I'm afraid not. It is possible (see here for an example) but IMHO tracking such objects with a telescope would be virtually impossible without a motor driven mounting that could be programmed for the task.

During the last Shuttle visit to the ISS I had a wonderful opportunity to see both craft pass virtually overhead as the Shuttle was chasing the ISS prior to docking. Even with medium powered binoculars I couldn't resolve the ISS. In the end I just used the Mark 1 eyeballs and allowed my imagination free reign: so near and yet so far. Trouble is that these days I couldn't afford the excess baggage surcharge to get into orbit (it'd need a very powerful rocket!) and anyway I'm too long to fit into the overhead stowage. :cry:


P.S. If you haven't tried it NASA TV is better than any earthbound observations during a mission.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:52 am 
Thanks Bob for the link.
So theoritically possible but right gear right moment.
Just thought that if you could shot the moon you can shot the ISS and what a fantastic shot that would be ! and the $ it might fetch ! :idea:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:40 am 
Thanks Gordon for the link !

Really appreciate it !

I guess only NASA can produces such clear images of the ISS. Probably took it with D200 since they ordered a bunch in a article I read somewhere couple weeks / months back. It would be interesting to know what sort of lens or telescope they used it on.

The link is great - there's a ISS tracker - but I would NOT be able to see it this cycle. Hopefully in the next cycle but NZ Auckland up to Bluff is in the list, funny Queenstown is not found.

Thanks again Gordon.

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