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Sep 03, 2018 20:30 |  #1

ISS Solar Transit
Delhi, LA, 9/3/18 11:23:57.4 AM


This is my first ISS Solar Transit since 9/3/16, exactly two years ago today (and about 450 miles apart)! I really didn't think I'd get this one, as the weather forecast was for mostly cloudy skies. While there were clouds (and a lot of thin, high clouds), I got a little lucky.

If you've shot this type shot before, you know that it's all about timing the transit. With only about 3 seconds of buffer space available on my camera, I have to be pretty exact, and I never know if I've captured the ISS until I review the photos. This time was different, though. I was showing a new photographer my set up. I had a pair of binoculars with solar filters from last year's eclipse, so he was watching with them. He let out a big "Wow!" as my camera was firing.

I also used my iOptron tracker this time, which greatly reduced the problem of keeping the Sun in the frame while waiting for the transit.

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Sep 03, 2018 21:14 |  #2

That is really amazing!


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Sep 07, 2018 13:31 |  #3

That really is a fantastic shot. All the timing and set up was worth it.
Thanks for posting such an amazing image.




  
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Sep 08, 2018 02:04 |  #4

Sounds like you had a great time getting the shot. Nice Picture thanks for posting.




  
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Sep 08, 2018 18:49 |  #5

Is it possible to do that with the moon as a back drop?




  
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Sep 08, 2018 19:03 |  #6

Expletive deleted... Nice shot.


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Sep 08, 2018 22:56 |  #7

Superb. Sublime. Stellar. Pick your adjective, they all apply. Very nicely done.


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Sep 09, 2018 12:45 |  #8

Lycomech96 wrote in post #18703681 (external link)
Is it possible to do that with the moon as a back drop?

Absolutely!

You can find transit predictions, here: https://transit-finder.com/ (external link)

Enter your location, and you'll get transit information for the time period you've specified.

I'm not sure how accurate it is if you go to dates too far ahead.




  
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Sep 09, 2018 12:47 |  #9

Lycomech96 wrote in post #18703681 (external link)
Is it possible to do that with the moon as a back drop?


Yes, it is!

https://photography-on-the.net …23&mg=311287&i=​i127692794


With Moon transits, you can have "visible passes", where the ISS is illuminated by reflected sunlight, and "invisible" passes where it is silhouetted by the Moon:

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Sep 09, 2018 12:50 |  #10

Thanks for all the kind responses!


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