Alain Grycan – MIR space station, Antonio Vilchez – Tiangong-1 space station, Ethan Roberts – SpaceX Dragon CRS-16, Martin Lewis – ISS and Soyuz MS-13, Philip Smith – Tiangong-1 space station, Vishal Sharma – Hubble Space Telescope

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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.


Antonio Vilchez

(His twitter, astrobin and facebook profiles)

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 )

Vishal Sharma

Hubble Space Telescope
I have taken this unique & my first image of HST by handheld Celestron 12mm Maksutov telescope from my home balcony at Noida Extension, UP, India [07/03/2021 at 19:10:41 IST (Near to Zenith)]
HST Details:
Distance: 566 km    Velocity: 7.602 km/sec      Magnification: 0.78       Elevation: +70° 00′ above horizon
Direction: West to East
Equipment Used:   Celestron 127mm Maksutov,    Manually tracked on iOptron MiniTower Mount    ZWO ASI120 MC-S,
ZWO IR/UV Cut Filter
Capturing Software: SharpCap 3.2     Single frame post processed in Snapseed to sharpen and to enhance the details.
(Image is cropped & not to scale)