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Blogpost on imaging satellites (especially the ISS)

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I have written a blog post about imaging artificial satellites, with a focus on the ISS. Since the SGL challenge is precisely about that, it thought it could be interesting to share.

The article is there:

https://satelliteobservation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/observing-satellites/

It has a bit of background in the beginning on satellites and how imaging a satellite is similar to a satellite imaging the ground, plus some discussion about the different types of mount and tracking and of what limits imaging performance. The conclusion is that a dob + a high-speed, high resolution camera is a good way to go to make images like these:

There are some very nice images from other people in there too.

 

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Very impressive. One of my "to do" sky objects, maybe the one I'm thinking the most about at the moment.  The article will give me some good tips. I plan some trips to dark sites this summer, will spend some time there. I'll use your article as my preparation guide. Was looking for something like that, so thanks a lot. Terrific effort.

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