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Glint
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posted 06-04-2013 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MarylandSpace:
I saw....the solar arrays looking like insect antennas. Did anyone else make similar observations?
In the past, during exceptionally high elevation (in other words physically close) passes and with optical aid (7x50 Fujinon binoculars), I have seen the solar arrays as two blue dots sitting astride a white dot -- the ISS "fuselage."

Tykeanaut
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posted 06-07-2013 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saw it last night (6 min pass) through my 15 x 70 "bins". Just a bright cylindrical shape, no other detail unfortunately.

Tykeanaut
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posted 06-10-2013 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to the ISS I also saw the ATV4 last night about a minute behind. It was brighter than I thought it would be and appeared to be travelling faster than the ISS, which I guess it would be as it's probably in a lower orbit to catch it up.

cspg
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posted 10-10-2013 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is quite a stunning photo of the ISS as seen from Earth.

COR482932
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posted 10-18-2013 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seeing the ISS for the very first time is quite a remarkable experience. I have seen station fly overhead probably a hundred times, but I think everyone will agree that it is a sight that never gets old!

When I see station flying at 5 miles a second, I always wish the crew good luck in my head. I always love thinking "I wonder if there's someone looking down on me from the Cupola?"

However, I feel the best thing to be able to say to yourself when you see the ISS getting dimmer and dimmer, is "See you in 90 minutes!"

Tykeanaut
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posted 10-18-2013 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are some evening passes due over the UK up until 29th October, if the cloud clears?

COR482932
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posted 10-19-2013 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes that's right. There will be some incredibly bright ISS passes over mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland for the next 10 days or so. Fingers crossed the clouds should clear!

JBoe
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posted 01-22-2014 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really want to start observing the ISS on a regular basis, but my biggest problem is how to locate it. I know it's been suggested that GoSatWatch is probably the best, but I thought about the "old school" approach by mapping it from Heavens-Above and NASA's Spot the Station.

My issue is referencing the min (when it appears), max, and when it disappears. How can one accurately gauge the degrees inclination as well as the constellation that it would be in during those three? And then trying to spot it with the naked eye to use binoculars in the very short window that it's visible. Any help and suggestions would be great! Thanks again.

spaced out
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posted 01-23-2014 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always used Heavens Above to see when passes are going to occur. Once you know when it's going to appear and as long as you choose passes where the brightness is significant it's impossible to miss. It's like the largest, brightest star in the sky except moving very steadily and smoothly.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-23-2014 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Flyby App is excellent for this. It shows time, direction, elevation and even tells you when it is overhead during the transit.

moorouge
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posted 01-23-2014 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen the ISS many times going back to the very early days. There is one special time though.

In early April 2002 my late partner, Janet, and I stood outside in each others arms on her birthday and watched it pass overhead. It was the first time she had seen it. We called it our 'wishing star'.

I know that my wish came true. I hope that Janet's did too for nine months later I again held her close in my arms as she died.

JBoe
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posted 01-23-2014 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys for the guidance and advice.

Moorouge, thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and story about you and Janet.


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