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spaceuk
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posted 10-02-2003 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had another good view last night of ISS as it went almost overhead.

But, I also tried some straightforward imaging using just a simple Nikon digital camera WITHOUT tripod.

I didn't catch the ISS - it moved before the 'shutter' clicked in - so ended up with just dark sky!

I did get Mars and Uranus in one shot though
and some bright stars on another frame. This really surprised me as I really did not think I would get anything.

Thre is a short opportunity tonight but is a wee bit early here in UK. Next best chance looks like Friday evening - when I'll be better setup with a tripod and tripping shutter a second or so before ISS goes across field of view.

On another evening I'll be strapping my camera to a elbow tracking telescope and seeing what difference that makes.

I know you can get pretty sophisticated at this game - for instance see Tom's earlier posts using CCDs etc. But I just want see what is possible using just simple digital cameras which a lot of folk have and might encourage people at talks I give to 'have a go'. But want prove it myself before doing that!

John K. Rochester
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posted 10-02-2003 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boy that be some long lens to get a shot of my anus from the UK..!! ( oh, when you said uranus.. you meant the planet??.. sorry)

Cliff Lentz
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posted 10-02-2003 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John,

I just read that they discovered two more moons around Uranus as well!

Congrats!

Ben
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posted 10-02-2003 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I tried Mars and Uranus in August. Mars didn't turn out, but Uranus I captured for what I saw. Pretty cool just knowing what you're looking at:
http://www.geocities.com/ovatlantis/Uranus.html

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-Ben

http://www.geocities.com/ovcolumbia/

John K. Rochester
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posted 10-03-2003 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cliff... big ol'moons were found.. Biiiiiiiiig ol' moons

spaceuk
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posted 10-03-2003 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did a dry run with digital camera strapped to elebow telescope a few minutes back.
And it certainly worked OK for a daylight subject. Just hoping that tonight's ISS pass at approx 8:09 pm UK time will be a clear night - but not hopeful at this point as much low lying cloud :-(

I ID'd Mars and Uranus from comparing against maps produced with Starry Night and other planetarium programs for that time slot.


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