ISS This Morning

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   This morning was picture perfect, literally, despite a few high cirrus clouds and the threat of dense fog moving in. Overnight the temperatures dropped to around 50F after a day of rain so it was cool and wet in the backyard as I set up. For this labeled picture the camera had been set to an ISO of 1600, aperture to F5.6, shutter speed was 2.5 seconds, and the lens was backed out (focal length) to 18mm. The original that this was cropped from is 5184×3456 in size.
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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   This was the second sighting, or fly over, for the ISS this morning with the first one around 4:30 am. The path that one followed was too low for me to see it, however this one lasted for about 6 minutes from 6:46 am – 6:52 am, and its path took it to an altitude of 85 degrees, or nearly straight up. It passed close by the star Capella in Auriga the Charioteer as it reached its greatest altitude heading for the southeast horizon. Along the way, as this graphic shows, the ISS went between the stars marking the Gemini Twins heads, Castor and Pollux and the planet Jupiter.
ISs and Moon

ISS and Moon

And then went right past the waning crescent Moon as this picture shows. This is cropped from the original 5184×3456 picture. Specs for that picture are aperture at F8, 1/3 second shutter speed, ISO 800, and the lens (focal length) was set at 25 mm.
   The slideshow below is a series of pictures taken as fast as I could click the shutter release. Each exposure is at the same settings as the cropped picture of the ISS and Moon. In each of the pictures the ISS appears as the moving small dashed line.

   Click here to read about and see additional pictures of the ISS and Iridium flares.


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   Some software and websites for tracking and planning photo opportunities. A Kindle App, ISS Detector Pro, the ISS Sightings web site, SATVIEW web site, and the Starry Night software.

   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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