It’s a beautiful clear night here in my part of the UK, so as the ISS was due to make a pass over I thought I’d try to photograph it tracking across the sky. Thanks to NASA I was able to see that it was due about 22:26 so I made sure I had my camera mounted on it’s tripod and I positioned myself in a nice dark part of the garden. My aim was to catch the trail of the space station as it passed overhead so I had the lens set to wide-angle. Camera settings were F8 and bulb which would allow me to take a 30 second, or longer exposure, ISO 100 would help to keep the noise down. Right on time the ISS appeared in the sky passing from West to East. It appears as a bright star in the sky and moves pretty fast, tonight it was visible for about 3 minutes.
You can see the track of the space station, looks like a contra-trail from a jet. The other little light blobs you see are stars, which are also moving but not as fast as the space station. To make it stand out I coloured the exposure but I’ve done nothing else to it other than cropping.
- SpaceX shoots for the ISS this November (blogs.nature.com)
- First private space flight to the ISS in November? (ktwop.wordpress.com)
- Commercial Space Station – Orbital Technologies (cosmonavigator.wordpress.com)