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International Space Station 27 Jan 2022


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With predicted clear skies tonight and an ISS transit, I was ready to capture some shots with my 8" Dob and Nikon D3200 on prime focus (unfortunately i cannot reach focus with a 2x barlow which can give me more details). I think that has been the best capture I had for a long time. My kids were super excited 'guiding' me where to shoot. I tracked it manually with my finderscope. I shot nearly 300 frames at iso 3200, 1/4000s exposure. I need to find a way to stack them since i can get better quality and also try make a little gif. But these just the crops of the best frames. From left to right is the W to E travel; quite nice seeing the different angles during the transit.

(since I posted, I managed to make an animation using PIPP; I quite like how the sun shines towards the end in one of the panels)

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Brilliant shots.  I am kicking myself for having missed that pass - it would have been a good test for the bearings on my new-to-me 17.5” dob (and for my ability to not fall off a stepladder)

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28 minutes ago, Pixies said:

How are you taking the pics on the D3200? It doesn't have an intervalometer, does it?

I did not use (do not have)  an intervalometer but I was pressing the shutter on continuous mode. There is a bit of a lag of writing so many frames in the memory card.

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17 minutes ago, Ludd said:

Brilliant shots.  I am kicking myself for having missed that pass - it would have been a good test for the bearings on my new-to-me 17.5” dob (and for my ability to not fall off a stepladder)

Thanks! Yes it was a good one tonight. 17.5" would  have been  amazing details. Next time

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