[AZ-Observing] Image of Space Station Crossing The Moon

  • From: Tom Polakis <tpolakis@xxxxxxx>
  • To: evac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 13:42:13 -0400

At the convenient hour of 3:00 this morning, Randy Peterson, Jenn, and I were 
set up in a parking lot near Falcon Field in Mesa to record the International 
Space Station transiting the moon.  Other than the ISS being quite distant (408 
miles), circumstances of this event were pretty good.  In both other cases of 
recording lunar transits, the ISS was illuminated, and much brighter than the 
moon.  This morning's event had the ISS in shadow, presenting a silhouette 
against the moon.

Randy set up his 12" LX-200 and video recording equipment that he uses for 
asteroid occultation work.  Our equipment consisted of a 70mm Pronto refractor 
an Imaging Source monochrome digital video camera designed for planetary 
imaging.  Within a couple seconds of the assigned time, we recorded the event 
successfully.  Here's a multiple exposure of the shadow crossing the moon at a 
1/60 second interval between frames.


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