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For a few weeks at the beginning of April, the International Space Station (ISS) had been passing overhead in the sky during the evenings. To the naked eye it is a bright dot travelling West to East at about the apparent speed of a plane.

It was the first time I had ever seen it, and was suprised by its brightness. Over the next few days I attempted to capture it through my telescopes; a very hit and miss affair. If you didn't see it this time, the next opportunity to see it is in mid-June.

To gain some perspective. the Space Station orbits 200 miles above the Earth, at around 17,000mph, and the length of the largest solar panels is 73m.


Close up

ISS international space station ISS

19th April 2007 - 21:53
6" Newtonian Telescope
Toucam II Pro Webcam
2x barlow
single 1/500s with 100% gain
ISS international space station

ISS pass animation

19th April 2007 - 21:50-53
6" Newtonian Telescope
Toucam II Pro Webcam
2x barlow
Animation of whole pass
1/5000s exposures with 100% gain

ISS

18th April 2007 - 21:33
70mm refractor telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
Stack of 5x 1/1000s
with 75% gain
ISS international space station ISS pass animation

18th April 2007 - 21:30-35
70mm refractor telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
Animation of whole pass
1/1000s exposures
with 75% gain
ISS international space station ISS

17th April 2007 - 21:12
6" Newtonian telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
single 1/1000s frame
ISS international space station

ISS pass animation

17th April 2007 - 21:10-15
6" Newtonian f/5 telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
Animation of whole pass
1/1000s exposures
with 75% gain

ISS international space station

ISS+ STS117 - Space Shuttle Atlantis

10th June 2007 - 23:06
6" Newtonian telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
single 1/1000s frame
with 50% gain

ISS international space station

ISS+ STS117 - Space Shuttle Atlantis
pass animation


10th June 2007 - 23:06
6" Newtonian telescope
Toucam II Pro webcam
single 1/1000s frame
with 50% gain

Trails

ISS trail

International Space Station

15th April 2007 - 22:04-22:07
Canon 350D
30 secs - F6.5 - ISO800

ISS trail

International Space Station

12th June 2007 - 23:44
Canon 350D
30 secs - ISO800

Passage in front of the Moon

ISS trail

ISS + Moon

11th February 2008 - 18:57
Skywatcher ED80
SPC900NC webcam + 0.5x FR

ISS trail

ISS + Moon

11th February 2008 - 18:57
Canon 350D + 200mm lens
5x1s - ISO800