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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.

JBoe
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posted 08-04-2014 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I signed up for the email notifications for the NASA Spot the Station and for some reason they are arriving in my inbox time late of one day. Has anyone else experienced the same?

Ronpur
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posted 08-04-2014 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The emails do sometimes come late, but the last one was 4 hours early. I always get the texts early, about 12 hours early for the sighting this morning.

MarylandSpace
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posted 12-27-2014 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In Maryland tonight, there will be an excellent (-3.2 brightness) viewing opportunity of the International Space Station. It will occur from 5:39 to 5:45 pm with the ISS traveling from the NW to the SE.

Check your local listings for viewing in your part of the world.

COR482932
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posted 12-28-2014 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anybody interested, if you're looking to take star trail photos to show the ISS flying overhead, I highly recommend the NightCap Pro app for iPhone on the App Store.

Ronpur
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posted 12-28-2014 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a fantastic view of ISS as it flew over Tampa earlier tonight. It was the brightest I remember seeing it.

joe bruce
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posted 09-11-2015 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe bruce   Click Here to Email joe bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a photo of ISS taken with my 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and my Canon 60D camera. I handtracked using the Telrad (similar to a HUD) on top of the scope, keeping ISS in the centering circles.

The photo was taken August 13, 2015 from near Oroville, WA. Camera settings were ISO 800 and shutter speed 1/640. ISS was about 250 miles away traveling at five miles a second. In one second station would have traveled about 18 times the main truss length.

Tykeanaut
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posted 09-11-2015 04:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great image!

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posted 09-11-2015 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great image. Thank you for sharing.

jasonelam
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posted 09-11-2015 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome shot!

J Blackburn
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posted 09-15-2015 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great shot Joe! Thanks for sharing the camera settings, this will help me in my journey of astrophotography.

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 09-19-2015 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome shot, considering the last time I saw it flying overhead this week, it's been the fastest transit across the sky I've ever seen it.

sev8n
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posted 09-20-2015 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JBoe:
I really want to start observing the ISS on a regular basis, but my biggest problem is how to locate it.
I have found a couple of smartphone apps that list sighting opportunities, inclinations, durations etc. using the GPS in your phone. They also allow you to set alarms for upcoming passes.

JBoe
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posted 09-21-2015 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for pointing me in the direction of those apps! I'll have to look through the Apps store for those.

sev8n
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posted 09-21-2015 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two apps on my phone, ISS Finder is the better of the two with regards to sighting details. The other is ISS Spotter, I like it for the Position function, it shows the location of the ISS over what appears to be Google Maps. Both apps are free.

The best part about either is that you can have your phone in hand while looking for the ISS.


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