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A couple of Iridium Flares

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« on: September 22, 2008, 03:18:33 pm »

After seeing some amazing shots of Iridium flares, I built myself a little AltAz camera pointer for capturing the elusive things. Anyway, here's a couple of shots.





And this one took a lot of patience waiting for the prediction (first one several months ago was spoilt by cloud)

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 07:03:14 pm »

Those are great images of flares. Quite inspirational in fact.  Smiley

Love the one with the clouds and the double flare!. Great photography  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008, 07:13:28 pm »

Very nice indeed John, BTW welcome to the forum!
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008, 12:11:15 am »

thanks Gents
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008, 01:42:14 am »

Seen these before of course John - but still looking great!
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Remember:- If all else fails, read the Instruction Manual! Grin
 


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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008, 08:33:27 am »

WOW!!! They are great John...  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008, 09:28:22 am »

Thanks gents
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2008, 09:31:02 pm »

Got this one tonight before the clouds rolled in. Heavensabove made it at mag -8.0 but it wasn't that bright. 63 degrees high in the SE at 20.21 BST.

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 07:37:03 am »

That's a good flare Martin. Managed to see a bit of a -5 flare through the clouds last night
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 10:45:54 am »

That's a good catch Martin  Grin 
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 12:56:32 pm »

Thanks John and Steven. I'm on the hunt for them now every night. It's rather good fun!
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2008, 01:40:27 pm »

It is fun. Tricky blighters to catch too. This is the closest I've gotten. Shot at 84mm with the 55-250 lens.

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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2008, 02:23:15 pm »

Lovely images Martin/John, I have yet to catch one on camera though I've seen plenty.
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« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2008, 10:23:19 pm »

Nice image John, it must be difficult to catch the flare in the field when using a longer focal length lens!
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« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2008, 10:26:51 pm »

Martin, it's not too bad. I made myself a homebrew AltAz finder (SatCatcher) that looks like this

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