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Venus & ISS - Jan 26th

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« on: January 27, 2009, 06:48:08 pm »

John McConnell informed me that the ISS would make a close pass by Venus on Jan 26th. In fact, from certain places in N. Ireland it would pass over the planet. I went out and watched the transit which was brilliant visually. The station went several degrees below. It was difficult to get an image due to the bright twilight but I managed one capture. You can just make out the ISS as a faint streak to the lower R of Venus...it was brighter than this in reality of course.

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 08:58:29 pm »

Great image Martin. Been watching the ISS most clear evenings from the West Coast, nothing  as close as that.


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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 09:23:49 pm »

Good result Martin, that looks a tough shot because of the bright skies
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 10:12:13 pm »

Thanks Richard and John. It was a very tough shot...I think it was ISO100 and about 5 secs using a zoom lens. Cheers.
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009, 10:38:17 pm »

Good catch martin.

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 02:39:33 am »

Looks good Martin, it must have been tough, looks like twilight still, and the ISS is still not too bright
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 05:06:12 pm »

Thanks Jonathan and Tyler. I had to close the aperture down to get any sort of trail at all. The ISS was extremely bright with the naked eye but fainter on the image. Not a great image by any means but I had fun experimenting with the settings and gained more experience which is the main thing. Cheers.
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