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ISS Flyover - First Attempt

 
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Apr 08, 2013 23:22 |  #1

This was my first try at capturing the ISS about an hour ago. There was a little cloud cover and I was on a pier so light pollution was high, had to crop this tight due to light bleeding in from the pier walkway lights. anyhow, nothing special but wanted to share. will be making a trip out to the desert on the 22nd for the meteor shower and will be trying to photograph that.

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Apr 08, 2013 23:47 |  #2

That's cool! I was outside at the same time testing out an ISS tracking app on my phone. This was my first time seeing it flyby and all I could think was "man I wish I had my camera right now!"

What lens were you using?




  
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Apr 09, 2013 00:36 |  #3

astrogeek2000 wrote in post #15806381 (external link)
That's cool! I was outside at the same time testing out an ISS tracking app on my phone. This was my first time seeing it flyby and all I could think was "man I wish I had my camera right now!"

What lens were you using?

thanks, I was using my 24-70 2.8L. I took my gf to see it for her first time, we tried friday but there was too many clouds.


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Apr 09, 2013 13:38 |  #4

astrogeek2000 wrote in post #15806381 (external link)
That's cool! I was outside at the same time testing out an ISS tracking app on my phone. This was my first time seeing it flyby and all I could think was "man I wish I had my camera right now!"

What lens were you using?

btw thanks for mentioning the app, i checked it out and its pretty awesome, will help photograph future fly overs much easier. :)


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Apr 12, 2013 19:52 |  #5

Well done....Hard enough to catch a naked eye glimpse, much less a shot.


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Apr 16, 2013 04:35 |  #6

Hi
nice shots - its a tricky sod to photograph isn't it :)
I use a tracking app on the phone as well, I've managed to catch a glimpse of the station only a couple of times over the last 12 months. Cloud cover is a pain. However in feb I got a chance to get some shots over 3 nights. Out of shall we say quite a few shots I got 1 or 2 weren't to bad. not wanting to hijack a thread I will post one if its ok. :)

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Apr 16, 2013 11:39 |  #7

Davinor wrote in post #15833034 (external link)
Hi
nice shots - its a tricky sod to photograph isn't it :)
I use a tracking app on the phone as well, I've managed to catch a glimpse of the station only a couple of times over the last 12 months. Cloud cover is a pain. However in feb I got a chance to get some shots over 3 nights. Out of shall we say quite a few shots I got 1 or 2 weren't to bad. not wanting to hijack a thread I will post one if its ok. :)

David

thank you. and feel free to add your photo to the thread :)

I love tracking the ISS, first started catching flyovers about 2 years ago, have seen some pretty good ones but only recently attempted capturing it. I live a block from the ocean so it's a constant battle with the marine layer... Maybe one of these days when the ISS visability is very good and it flies over for longer than 1 minute ill make a drive out to the desert and try for some better shots of it, then do some star trails.


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Apr 16, 2013 14:15 |  #8

I got 2.5 minutes of visibility and shot Raw in burst mode. ISO 1600 1/160sec f8 at 300mm
Used a monopod for a bit of extra stability and the fact its taller than my tripod. Next time I get a chance I will have have another go.

I'll also stick on a 2xTC, this was very heavily cropped :)


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Apr 17, 2013 10:34 |  #9

Davinor wrote in post #15834491 (external link)
I got 2.5 minutes of visibility and shot Raw in burst mode. ISO 1600 1/160sec f8 at 300mm
Used a monopod for a bit of extra stability and the fact its taller than my tripod. Next time I get a chance I will have have another go.

I'll also stick on a 2xTC, this was very heavily cropped :)

i like that you can actually see the iss in this rather than a blob of light, lol. granted i was shooting with my wide angle going for a trail vs. a close up...

i want one of of those 2xtc.... do you find yourself using it a lot?


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Apr 17, 2013 14:00 |  #10

Hi
I have to be honest not that often, however it is nice to have for those odd occasions. As soon as I get the chance I will have another go. The trick is a clear sky at the same time the ISS is in the area, I seem to manage one or the other. I'm hoping the weather will clear as it is visible for the next 7 days for about 6 minutes a time although tomorrow and saturday is when it will be brightest.

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Apr 22, 2013 03:30 |  #11

I've shot the ISS a few times, with varying results. The following was my best result. It was using a t2i and 100-400 lens. I've tried using a 1.4 and/or 2x teleconverter, but didn't get as sharp of results as I did without them and just cropping more.

I think it's best to shoot it when the pass is almost directly overhead, therefore reducing the amount of atmosphere you are looking through and also minimizing the actual distance to the station. It's also brighter at that point, and therefore you can use faster shutter speeds.

I have trouble with getting the focus correct. I've tried pre-focussing on the Moon or stars, but with this shot, I actually pulled the car over just in time to start shooting. I simply focused as best I could through the viewfinder, and changed the focus a little back and forth as I took several shots. A couple turned out pretty good. ISO1600, f/8, 1/2500, 400mm.

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Apr 23, 2013 08:47 as a reply to  @ sandwedge's post |  #12

ISS with a 400 mm and some TCs. :)

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Apr 23, 2013 08:52 |  #13

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Apr 23, 2013 11:49 |  #14

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ISS with a 400 mm and some TCs. :)

That is really amazing!
I have done this and only got what I thought was a 'pretty good' shot, not an amazing one like yours. (I didn't use my extenders) That gives me some hope, I have a 1DIV and a 400 2.8 IS, a Canon 1.4 III and a Kenko 2.0, so I may give that a try and see if I get results even half as good as yours, I'd be pretty danged happy with that! :)
Really, I have some shots with both of my extenders (birds and stuff) that were not too bad, but not great, but at least it was a documentary shot.

Thanks for giving me some hope, if I were you, I'd be extremely happy with your shot.

Not to say that others here aren't good, they are, but yours stands head and shoulders above any that I have seen to date.

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Apr 23, 2013 11:49 |  #15

those are both some awesome shots!


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