Last evening was my first opportunity to see the ISS in at least a month so I quickly set up my camera aiming it toward Venus and Mars. However my aim was off by quite a bit so I hurriedly readjusted the camera, 3 times, to capture these pictures. All were taken with ISO 800; F5; 18mm; 2.5 second. Pictures were stacked, merged, using Starstax.
This morning I braved the chilly temperature and caught the International Space Station as it orbited a little to the north over my space on the surface.
A great way to start the end of the year!
This graphic is a screenshot from my cellphone showing the display from ISS Detector, an extremely useful APP for Android and IOS and tablets like my Kindle Fire.
The track across the sky lasted about 7 minutes. It started in the west and then followed a path between the two ‘Dippers’ passing the Pointer Stars in the Big Dipper on the way toward Polaris, the North Star.
Camera Settings: 18 mm; 3.5 sec. F5.6; ISO 1600
Despite a temperature of 6oF and standing in a couple of inches of snow it was worth it as Venus and Mars shined brightly over my neighbor’s laser light show and I waited patiently for an ISS orbit over my home this evening. This orbit had the International Space Station rising in the northwest and setting in the southeast in a 6-minute visibility that took it nearly to the zenith with its maximum altitude of 85o above the horizon. It’s orbital track had the ISS pass along one side of the ‘Summer Triangle’, the stars Vega and Deneb. As it nears the zenith the ISS will pass very close to the star Alpheratz, the upper left corner star of the asterism “Square of Pegasus”. Alpheratz is actually a star in the constellation of Andromeda the Princess, but it it is commonly used to complete the ‘Square of Pegasus” asterism.
Camera settings were 18mm; ISO 800; F6.0; 3.2 sec. Pictures stacked using StarStaX. StarStaX is available as Freeware for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
This evening, Thursday December 1st, the International Space Station, ISS, did another orbit over my part of the world as it first appeared in the southwest near the setting waxing crescent Moon. It climbed to nearly straight overhead as it passed by the stars of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, and Deneb in the Cygnus the Swan, until it passed out of my camera’s field of view. I continued to watch it cruise past the stars of Cassiopeia the Queen high over the northeast horizon.
This was my first time for seeing the entire flyover from when the ISS appeared in the southwest until it faded out near Cassiopeia. Pretty cool.
Camera settings: 21 stacked pictures at 18mm; ISO 1600; f3.5; 3.5 sec; at 2 second intervals.
This morning at approximately 5:42 am CST the International Space Station had a brief 3-minute flyover of my part of the world. It first appeared high over the northwest horizon and quickly passed the bowl of the Big Dipper coming close to Merak, the bottom front star making up the Big Dipper’s bowl. Look closely at the next to last line from the right. That is the stars of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), a small constellation named after Queen Berenice, one of the wives of Ptolemy III, of ancient Egypt.
Less than a minute later, if that much, the ISS was setting in the southeast as it passed by Jupiter.
Each picture is a stacked composite of several pictures. Camera was set to ISO 1600; F5.6; 3.2 seconds; 18mm.
Using the very reliable Heavens Above web site you could set it for your home location if you do not live in the Kansas City area and see if you will be able to see this event or others on future dates.
Use this link to see a live video view of the Earth from the ISS during its daytime periods. You may even get to see a sunrise or sunset. This graphic was just a few minutes ago as I was writing this posting.
This morning I had plans for making a time-lapse video of Orion rising with the ISS (International Space Station) passing by Orion’s left shoulder, the star Bellatrix. However my plans took a somewhat familiar turn (not rotation) as clouds moved in during the 29 minutes my camera was set up. But then as ‘they’ say, “patience is rewarded by clearing skies”, or something like that! So despite the camera not being properly focused and some clouds the ISS was very visible as it orbited nearly overhead.
All 273 pictures were taken at the same settings: lens 18mm; 2.5 sec; F4; ISO 800.
The ISS will appear toward the end of the video as a series of white dash lines.