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

  • From: Tim Jones <tjmac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 10:54:57 -0700

Incredible shot, Tom!  Congratulations.  Almost looks like a watermark.

Tim

On May 2, 2010, at 10:42 AM, Tom Polakis wrote:

> 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.
> 
> http://www.pbase.com/polakis/image/124139000
> 
> Tom
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