Sunday, August 16, 2015

we all tried (Blue Mountains)

We readied for the ISS pass. Bev was on the back lawn facing north, with my 8mm lens. She was going to try a 5 or 6 minute exposure for me. Ian W was ready in his shed.

I heard them spot a good meteor...

I had my Canon DSLR connected to the Tele Vue 101 refractor this time. I knew it would be smaller. But I didn't care. I was very interested in simply getting it. Backyard EOS was ready to record.

9:42. Opened Track Satellite dialog. I waited for it to clear the building outline.

I started tracking. The mount responded.

Told the group it was over the horizon. Suggested to Bev as soon as she saw it should could start shooting. I could see it over the tree line. Just left of our big tree.

Asked Bev if she wanted to start shooting.

It was nearly in the centre of the field of the big 'scope! Dang. It was fantastic. I could see the solar panels and the centre structure. I could see the stars flying by in the background. Neat view. Just after Ian D looked it went out of the field! Weird.

And the mount stopped.

I headed out to the lawn. Bev had turned the camera to the south-east. Not sure why. I thought she said the first exposure completed but it didn't seem long enough to me.

Wheelband's shot was amazing, as it passed M13. Super bright. He used his Nikon.

Copyright © 2015. Ian Wheelband.

I got 81 frames (I forgot to hit Record early!). Reviewed the video. I didn't see anything... Bummer. Don't know what happened. Bad exposure maybe? Too bad.

Reviewed the camera settings. 1/60 of a second. ISO 1000. Daylight. 1000 frames. To AVI+JPG. Quality was set to small—didn't notice that before. Anyway.

Reset the mount.

10:03. The software was really slow. Closed BYE; started SkyTools.

Keep on tryin'!


Weird. Months later I reviewed the frames and found some of them contained the ISS! What!

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