Antonio Vilchez

(His twitter, astrobin and facebook profiles)

Alain Grycan

Alain’s Flickr page

Alain Grycan and Eric Laffont from France have obtained the most spectacular amateur-made images of MIR (that we’ve seen). This (negative) first image is an example of their work. It appeared in Flash (the newsletter of the Belgian Working Group Satellites) in 1991. The different MIR modules are clearly visible. Also clearly discernible to the right is the Sofora mast structure. The zoom-in (at top) shows the Progress motor compartment, compared to a computer-generated drawing. Their second image was taken during the June 1995 Mir/STS-71 mission; both craft are clearly outlined.


Ethan Roberts

(Ethan’s Instagram profile)

Martin Lewis

(Martin’s website profile)

Philip Smith

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