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Did manage to catch it in 5 frames out of 100 I took (bad alignment of red dot finder) and this is the best. It was raining 25 minutes before the pass so set-up was a little hasty; anyway you've got to give it a go as there aren’t many opportunities left now :rolleyes:

Mel

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Great image, I tried to get it using a 42x optical zoom on my Panasonic camera but no where near as good as that.

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Feel a bit guilty with clear skies.

Just watched another clear pass in my back garden.

Straight through Orion.

It is quite impressive when you know what time it will be there and get the whole family to look up.

(they're all converted mini astronomers :))

Neil

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We got a good view in Nottingham, the clouds parted long enough for Mrs Baz to get it, and shout me out, watching "The Universe"!

A nice pass, very bright and nearly overhead, and faded fairly quickly into the Earth shadow. I came in and Mrs Baz got a meteor and a satellite as well. :)

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Good view in South Wales too, even managed to get the scope ahead of it and watch it pass through the eyepiece, wow it's fast!!!

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Dam i missed it i wouldnt mind i have been waiting to see this for ages

What is the best way to track when is gonna be visable

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surprised no one has worked out dec,ra and speeds. ?

You need specialised kit to track objects that fast and low. On most amateur mounts (especially EQ ones as you mentioned dec/ra) attempting this is likely to lead to nothing more than burned out motors and frustration.. :)

I've heard it's more feasible with alt-az mounts (which already run both alt and az motors continuously to track, if not "wedged".)

However, it appears Thierry Legault "supercharged" his mount and tracking gear to achieve his superb results:clicky

Let us know how you get on with that Lee.. :(

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"I've heard it's more feasible with alt-az mounts (which already run both alt and az motors continuously to track, if not "wedged".)"

Yep theres a page in my ETX manual that explains how its done .. but its a bit complicated for me at the mo :):)

JJ..

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You need specialised kit to track objects that fast and low. On most amateur mounts (especially EQ ones as you mentioned dec/ra) attempting this is likely to lead to nothing more than burned out motors and frustration.. :)

I've heard it's more feasible with alt-az mounts (which already run both alt and az motors continuously to track, if not "wedged".)

However, it appears Thierry Legault "supercharged" his mount and tracking gear to achieve his superb results:clicky

Let us know how you get on with that Lee.. :(

hi mike. yes i saw the link . wow

but now i'm miffed as it appears a eq wont or doesnt like to move ra and dec in sim! why ever not? obviously for normal obs/img just RA but i don't see the reason the motors couldn't do both if required! ?????

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Yay - finally saw the ISS tonight, this is despite someone inconsiderately setting thier house on fire (yes really) and sending a column / band of smoke in just the wrong place - at the wrong time.

It's very bright isn't it :)

Cheers

Ted

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Cloudy here, but a friend just tweeted that she had seen a bright satellite going N>S into Orion just before it. I saw this last week and it's VERY bright overhead. I assumed it was an Iridium but can't find one listed at that time. Anyone any idea? PsychoBilly?

David

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Jetblakk, download Stellarium if you haven't done so already, and enable the Satelite tracking function under >Configuration>plug ins tab - tick the box at the bottom & close that window. Then press Alt+Z together to get the Satellite configuration menu up, goto the Satellites tab & select the ISS from the long list. Now close that window & press Ctrl+Z together & when the ISS is due overhead its trajectory will be shown & you'll see it whizz across at the specified time which you can get from Heavens above website after you've entered your latt & long.

If you have a laptop, why not take it outside with you, switch it Night mode (on stellarium - tab at bottom) and align yourself & laptop to South. You will now be able to see the location of the trajectory on laptop & see the physical stars infront of you to work out where you'll see it.

Try it tonight, if its as bright as 6:36 pass last night you'll not miss it!!

Sorry if thats a bit long winded & I'm teaching others to suck eggs!:)

Chris

Didn't manage to see anything been cloudy for two week or more except for a short wile Saturday Thanks for info on Stellarium which aloud me to see the flight path from the horizon on my PC not the same I no but at least I now no how to track it now thanks again:headbang:

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There's an app as well if you have an iPhone /pad which is quite useful as a heads up if you are out and about without proper net access. It's called ISS Visibility. It seems to pull the same data as the common websites.

You still have to have a vague idea which direction to look in but it's handy for timings, mag etc...

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Hi Tom

thats a great picture 230mile up well done

Doug

Essex

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Saw it again last night at about 6:30ish only a blob through my 8x40's though...

If it clears again tonight I might have a go with the camera and gimbal head.

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Had a good view last night at 19.57 , only lasted about 1 min before it went into earths shadow.

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Just out helping the misses unload the car & switch them round, I look up at Orion & what do I see, ISS passing just above it, great timing or what :)

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