Imaging the ISS & Space Shuttle
Posted 20 June 2007 - 06:38 AM
Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:43 AM
I tracked the ISS with my 17.5" dob and Denk binoviewers w/ 24mm panoptic eyepieces for the first 1/3 of the time it was visible. When it was moving overhead very fast, and I was on my tip toes, I lost it in my telescope. I breiefly saw the space shuttle, but was WOWed with the view of the ISS. I could see both dim orange rectangular solar pannels (with smaller rectangular grid vein structure like insect wings). The bright white "circular" center of the H, was too bright to make out any details. I never did see any details on the brief view of the space shuttle.
Athough, I had powerswitches for my Denk, and it only takes a few seconds to switch and refocus at higher power, I was too busy just manually tracking and keeping the ISS in the field of view.
Next time I will observe with my widest 40mm 70 deg AFOV single university optics eypiece, and I might be able to see both objects.
Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:15 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:37 PM
10 inch LX250GPS at home
16 inch LX200 Classic Protoype at Mt. Wilson Observatory
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