Nov 8

ISS with Canadarm at bad weather conditions

Absolutely dreadful weather in London these days, I missed most of the morning passes sadly. Only had one clear morning when I could go out, do the setup and give imaging a go. Sky was clear, but the seeing did not allow me to take as detailed photos as I wanted. The japanese HTV-7 Kounotori cargo vessel (which I photographed solo before arriving to ISS and also berthed to ISS) just left the International Space Station a day before, so I knew it should be pretty close to ISS. But had no clue how far from the station it will be, before or after it will appear.

As you can see the pass was not ideal, ISS only became illuminated from 75° of elevation which means it was fully illuminated from roughly 80°. I messed up the tracking a bit when ISS was overhead, it is always the hardest part to track the station when overhead. But even when I was tracking quite accurately, frames turned out to be blurry and washed up for some reason. Sharpness seemed okey so I can only blame the quality of the sky.

Close ups really did not turn out to be as good as I expected them to be. Shame because Canadarm is definitely there and it could have been nice to see and identify it on a sharper image. Not because I have any effect on weather circumstances, although sometimes I wish I have…

I also took some startrail photos about the overhead pass, I was hoping to spot HTV-7 Kounotori on them.

ISS and HTV-7 were heading from west toward east, east it were London and its enormous light pollution really destroys fine details on long exposure shots. Luckily although very faintly, but HTV is still visible on my photo.

Equipment
Skywatcher 250/1200 Flextube dobson telescope
Zwo ASI224MC camera
TeleVue 2.5x powermate

08/11/2018

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