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By Marv A
On September 18th 2020, I was observing Jupiter through my C8, with 26mm eyepiece and had my Sony A9 attached for eyepiece projection when I noticed the ISS make a pass overhead.
I set my A9 to 1/800 sec and ISO 2000 and was able to capture a pic by hand guiding my guidescope and keeping the ISS on the crosshairs.
I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome, comments welcome at my first attempt at imaging the ISS.
Hi! I'm Fran
Not so long ago I took a picture of the ISS I never thought I was going to be able to get with the equipment I have.
After saving for a long time, I was able to buy my first scope, an OTA Skywatcher 200P. I adapted it to be used in a dobsonian base because it was the cheapest way I had to get it to work.
One night, I thought it might be cool to try to aim and record with my phone an ISS pass overhead. During the first attempt, I messed up the focus extremely bad but you can't imagine how happy I was to get a white blob in a frame that only I knew was the ISS.
The following afternoon I tried again. This time the flyby was almost exactly overhead and the night was crystal clear. So I manually tracked the station looking through the finder scope and recording it with my phone at 1080p 60fps. Without much expectations I downloaded the files into my computer to review them. And was shocked with the results.
The video was processed with PIPP, AutoStakkert and RegiStax.
If someone told me the image was taken with a phone and manually tracked with a shitty dobsonian base I would not believe him! I got really lucky that night, but I can not be happier with the results. I believe I got to the edge of what I can accomplish with the equipment that I was able to buy. I'm not sure if ext step up should be a real camera or a mount. Anyway, any of them are too expensive 😬
If you want to see the frames before processing (and some nice shots of the moon that night), I'll leave a link to the video where I show them:
Thank you so much for reading it all.
Some people may already know about this site but for those that don't (which included me half an hour ago) I can highly recommend it.
I asked someone how they were able to identify which moon was which in their eyepiece and they pointed me to this site. You can select any time / date you wish so that you can plan your observing if you want to see a particular transit or moon's shadow.
(Jupiter's moons page at bottom left of the page linked to)
this little active region put on quite a show and i captured till i ran out of drive space.
160 frames x 40ms delay. (220 frames in each stack) (8 seconds per video capture) (160 captures)
Animated with https://gifmaker.org/
Cropped with avidub. Logo applied with avidub . Levels adjusted with avidub.
Files converted with PIPP and registax 5.1
Three pass Processing done in ImPPG (.xml files attached)
127mm x 1200mm explore scientific first-light achromat with Meade 2x tele-negative barlow. Basler aca720-520um camera.
Baader planetarium 36mm B-BCCD filter for energy rejection
1 angstrom calcium filter from Apollo Lasky @ http://calcium.solar
Thanks for watching!
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