ISS solar transit – August 26, 2015

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Today I’ve went together with my wife on a small drive a few miles west from our home to shoot a solar transit of the ISS. It’s been a while since our last ISS transit, so the event was not to be missed. Luckily enough we had light traffic, clear skies, and good enough seeing at the moment of the transit. Plus a great sunspot group (AR2403) near by.

My wife’s imaging setup was a 127mm F/12 Maksutov, while I used a 115mm F/8 APO Refractor and a 2x Barlow lens. Both with Canon 550D cameras at ISO100 and of course solar filters placed at the front of the scopes. As before, the ephemeris was computed for us by CalSky.

The images now:

ISS AR2403 Aug26Eli

ISS AR2403 Aug26Max1

ISS AR2403 Aug26MaxLARGE

Too bad the solar panels were not parallel to the Earth, so we could have had a better view of the ISS. Next time I will have to speak with some of the astronauts 🙂 The ISS looks a bit like a bird in these images.

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