The Astrophotographer

ISS TimeLapse

Yesterday I promised to get up early to try and photograph the ISS before going for a swim.  I am pleased to say that I managed both of these and my time-lapse shot of the space station is shown above!  What a brilliantly clear sky it was at 5:45 AM and even with our city light pollution you could see a great array of starts and planets.  The NASA predicted time for the sighting started at 5:55 and wow, there it was, the brightest object in the sky, streaking across at an astonishing rate; if you didn’t know better you would think it was a plane.

The photograph you see is a 20 second time-lapse shot showing how far the station moved in 20 seconds relative to the stars around it.  You can just see the slight movement in the stars caused by the rotation of the Earth.

Next time I will try and site it with my telescope.  There is a BBC video showing how you can do this by taking a video through your telescope and then try to manually track the station.  The idea is that even if you only get a glimpse you should be able to get some frames from the video.  It would be really exciting to take a picture where you could make out the shape of the space station.

Anyhow, this is supposed to be a running/exercise blog so, 500m of swimming happened this morning and tomorrow you will find me at Temple Newsam parkrun, sporting my shiny Temple Newsam Ten Finishers T Shirt!

 

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Author: richardmann55

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, IT Solutions Architect at Fujitsu, Distance Runner with Rodillian Runners. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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