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« on: February 13, 2010, 11:34:15 am »

Being under the spell of the lurgy I've spent a bit of time processing some old stuff that I've not had time to do before.

Of my various attempts at capturing images of the ISS by different means, this one involved a hand-guided 80mm ED refractor with a webcam attached. Many frames were caught and I cropped 12 of these down to a uniform size and created this animation. I'd like to have a go with a barlow added to the camera to increase the image scale, but this is a start.....

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 06:15:25 pm »

Hi Paul,

Very good when you consider how hard it is even to get the ISS even on a webcam chip.Try this programme http://www.webtreatz.com/index.php/tutorials/35-equipment/53-satellite-tracker it completely controls the mount and tracks the ISS.

You will have great fun looking and Imaging the ISS. You will also need a USB hand controller for making small adjustments. Also have your finder scope lined up with perfectly with eyepiece / webcam. The hand controller takes getting use two, up is down, and down is up. Press the right button to go left and left button to move right you get the drift.

One thing to remember your mount will do an auto equatorial flip don't make the mistake I did my eye was sore for a few days afterwards
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 10:19:25 am »

Thanks Carl, I'll have a look at that - certainly an interesting approach to the problem of keeping track of an object moving at 17500mph!

Incidentally, I see the webtreatz site has had a makeover - looking really good!
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010, 06:37:25 pm »

Nicely done Paul, very impressive animation, keep it up!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2010, 11:02:53 pm »

Very good Paul!   Cool 

I'd be interested to see how your ISS imaging develops Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2010, 09:30:22 am »

Very good Paul. I tried that Sat tracker program... it worked perfectly.. except... I'd got something wrong in my setup and the scope was a few degrees behind across the entire pass and nothing I could do would bring it back inline.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2010, 10:14:04 am »

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I'd got something wrong in my setup and the scope was a few degrees behind across the entire pass and nothing I could do would bring it back inline.
Or the orbit has changed. The ISS is often boosted when the Shuttle is attached, perhaps the information database was not yet updated.
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