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 metrolinaszabi@gmail.com 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)

So far these amazing photographers shared their amazing photos with us:

Andreas Hauf, Antonio Vilchez, Christian Fröschlin, Cirrusmoon, Christopher Becke, Denis Huber, Ethan Roberts, Grant Petersen, Ian Griffin, István Csabai, Martin Lewis, Monika Landy-Gyebnár, Péter Agárdi, Philip Smith, Ralf Vandebergh, Roger Hutchinson, Sage Grey, Tom Jones, Zsolt Fejes


Andreas Hauf

(Andreas’s Instagram profile – automated tracking with capable mount )


Andrew McCarthy

(His instagram profile)

Antonio Vilchez

(His twitter, astrobin and facebook profiles)

ISS 2018 09 23 1910UT APM ED-APO 152 f/7.9 @f16 zwo183mm Green filter


Christian Fröschlin

(Christian’s Twitter profile)



(Cirrusmoon’s Instagram profile)

Great photos from Cirrusmoon about ISS shortly followed by the SpaceX Dragon CRS-16 cargo spacecraft. Great photos!!


Christopher Becke

(Christopher’s Twitter profile)


Denis Huber

(Denis’s Facebook profile)

Ethan Roberts

(Ethan’s Instagram profile)


Grant Petersen

(Grant’s Twitter profile)


Ian Griffin

(Ian’s Twitter and Instagram profile)

Istvan Csabai


Martin Lewis

(Martin’s website profile)

Monika Landy-Gyebnar

(Monika’s Flickr profile)


Péter Agárdi

Péter sent me these amazing shot of ISS (first one is my favourite). These are his words:

It was more than ten years ago I got into astrophotography, but with many of my hobbies, they come and go from time to time. I still have the same telescope I bought in around 2004 which is a Skywatcher 114/900 on an EQ2 mount.

First off one of my more advanced setup I got a very old digital camera a Casio QV3500 for the repurpose to astrophotography meaning removing all the lenses to get it into direct focus. I chose this model because I knew it has full manual modes to shoot with (not just the auto crap that was used around that time) AND the thread to put teleconverters or such. This comes into play later.

This is my last useful attempt so far.
With this setup (Skywatcher 114/900 + Canon 600D) I use the following parameters:

Shooting FullHD cropped (using only the FullHD sized area of the sensor) video with ISO 800 and around 1/1000 shutter speed. White balance set to Sunlight. No filters or barlow used.



Péter Szalai

(Peter managed to take his first real good International Space Station lunar transit a few days ago – his description of the event)

All circumstances were perfect for a good ISS lunar transit, I didn’t even had to travel at all and ISS were only 465km away from my location. I got my transit predictions from Calsky, charged the batteries on the night before and I was ready for the challenge. The sky was clearing nicely after sunset despite the cloudy forecast, so I hoped this might be my night. I used a Skywatcher 150/750 newtonian telescope on EQ3 mount and a Canon 1200D in prime focus.I took a few test shot on the 99% illuminated Moon, expo time at 1/1250 and ISO 400. I was considering video over single shot, eventually choose the latter. Then hesitating between shooting in raw format, but due data jamming I didn’t want to risk missing it so I went for jpeg format.I started taking photos in continuous mode 2-3 seconds before the predicted transit and when I found two of my shots had ISS on it I was very happy.
10.01.2020  –   Hungary


Philip Smith

(Philip’s Facebook profile, Youtube channel – automated tracking with capable mount )


Ralf  Vandebergh

(Ralf’s website, also his Twitter profile)

Rich Addis

(Rich’s Instagram profile)


Roger Hutchinson

(Roger’s website, also his Instagram and Twitter profiles)


Sage Gray

(Sage’s website, also his instagram profile)

Tom Gwilym

(Tom’s older website and his current website)

All photos were taken mostly with high overhead passes of at least 50+ degrees above horizon to the zenith toward the southern sky. Hand guiding a fork/wedge mounted scope to the northern was just not practical when polar aligned in my observatory.
Photos taken from Renton, WA – just to the SE of downtown Seattle.
Camera: Vesta Pro webcam
Gain: about 45 to 50%
Brightness: 50%
Shutter speed: 1/500 second
Software (at the time!) I was using K3CCDTools to capture video.
AVI2BMP – used to sort the frames and save the good pictures as a .bmp file



Tom Jones

(Tom’s website, also his Instagram and Twitter profiles)


Zsolt Fejes

Zsolt made a video summary about the event here.