I would encourage everyone who has been involved in this specific type of astrophotography to send your best shots. Your photo must me close-up taken at high magnification, also solar/lunar transits are welcome too! If I had to define minimum requirements, it should be certain level of details that show the structure of the station.
If smaller elements also visible (like Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), Cupola, Leonardo module, Quest airlock etc. or berthed spacecrafts like the russian Progress and Soyuz (Roscosmos), Dragon (SpaceX), Cygnus (Northrop Grumman – former Orbital ATK ), japanese HTV (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA) – that’s even better!
Also I will extend the type of photographs I accept here to wide angle composite photos, as long as they show an ISS or cargo spacecraft flyby with very scenic background….
Also your post should contain UT time, date, equipment, flyby details and write in brief about how you took the shot.
Please send your photos to
firstname.lastname@example.org email address. The photos are arranged by alphabetic order of the imagers.
(Can’t guarantee though that all the photos I’ll receive will be uploaded)
Location: Germany, Ansbach, Sternwarte17 Date: 2018-06-05 UT: 19:15 Equipment: C14 (f /11), 10Micron GM2000 HPSII, ASI1600MMC (gain 39 / shutter 11 ms), Baader L filter Flyby Details: Distance 457 km, Altitude 66°, vis. mag -3,67
Location: Germany, Ansbach, Sternwarte17 Date: 2018-07-24 UT: 20:40 Equipment: C14 (f /11), 10Micron GM2000 HPSII, ASI290MM (gain 471 / shutter 0.387 ms), Baader RG610 filter Flyby Details: Distance 458 km, Altitude 65°, vis. mag -3,45
Location: Germany, Ansbach, Sternwarte17 Date: 2018-07-24 UT: 20:39 Equipment: C14 (f /11), 10Micron GM2000 HPSII, ASI290MM (gain 386 / shutter 0.387 ms), Baader RG610 filter Flyby Details: Distance 480 km, Altitude 59°, vis. mag -3,37
Great photos from Cirrusmoon about ISS shortly followed by the SpaceX Dragon CRS-16 cargo spacecraft. Great photos!!
International Space Station
SpaceX Dragon CRS-16 cargo spacecraft
2nd October 2018, 19:10 UTC, 89° altitude, 420km distance Equipment: Nexstar 5se, Altair AR0130, 2x Barlow, exposure: 1.5ms, gain: 40%
7th December 2018, 17:20 UTC, 82° altitude, 415km distance Equipment: Nexstar 5se, Altair AR0130, 2x Barlow, exposure: 1.5ms, gain: 40%
7th December 2018, 17:30 UTC, 82° altitude, ~350km distance Equipment: Nexstar 5se, Altair AR0130, 2x Barlow, exposure: 1.5ms, gain: 40%
Location: Zagyvarékas, Hungary Time/date: 22:20 21/05/2018 Equipment: 180/2700MC + ASI385MC Exp.:0.6 . Gain: 350 Maximum elevation of the ISS was 74° at visual magnitude of – 4.0, distance about 422km from my location.
January 21-st 2019, 0h29’48,71″ 254/1200mm, Pentax K-5 in primary mirror, ISO200, 1/2000 single frames (ISS is on four of them) ISS angular size: 57,11″ transit duration: 0,64s
HTV-7 – close up composite shot Location: Hungary Time/date: 17:38:58 UT/24.09.2018 – 17:41:46 UT, Nikon D5300 + 70mm lens
HTV-7 – wide angle composite shot with bright flare Location: Hungary Time/date: 17:38:58 UT – 17:41:46 UT/24.09.2018, Nikon D5300 + kit lens
ISS Location: Hungary Time/date: 24.09.2018 ISS composite shot, Nikon D5300 + kit lens
Today I could finish a big project celebrating the 20th birthday of International Space Station. ISS was “born” on 20th November 1998, when its first part, the Russian Zarya modul was launched from Bajkonur. The 20th birthday of ISS was on 20th November this year and I decided to celebrate it with 20 different flyby photoes each taken during this November. It was a hard work, not because I had no patience to make it all happen, but because of our notoriously bad weather. The first 2 weeks of November were extremely lucky, and I could capture at least one flyby each dawn, then after some break ISS came back to our evening sky on 24th November – and then the weather was awful for several days. I almost gave up all hope but then two more proper evening came, so I could finish the project today evening at 18:12 local time when ISS disappeared in the shadow of our planet after its 2nd flyby this evening. I hope I could collect a varied bunch of pics with somewhat varied scenery (I had to travel for clear sky sometimes)!
Two International Space Station transits within 5 hours! What was special about this event is that the two centrelines (lunar and solar transits) were crossing each other. So I did my setup at the crossing and waited for both transits from the same location. First the lunar transit happened at 4:06am which was followed by the solar transit 8:57am. Location: Hungary Time/date: 05.07.2018 4:06am and 8:57am Equipment: Skywatcher 150/750 newtonian telescope, Canon 600D Composite shots
Zsolt made a video summary about the event