International Space Station

International Space Station

Got up early today to see if I could get some shots of the International Space Station as it flew over. If you ever decide to do this, I recommend Spaceweather.com’s satellite tracking service. It’s a lot easier to use than NASA’s satellite tracker, in my opinion – if only because of how easy it is to read the output.

The first time I looked this information up, I saw that the ISS was going to be over my house in… one minute. Yikes! I jumped up, grabbed my camera and tripod and ran outside. I spotted the space station immediately… if you have a brightness index of -3 or lower, it’s BRIGHT (these images are from a -3.6 brightness index pass – the lower the number, the brighter it is). At this level, you literally need to be in a rainstorm to miss it. The station moves FAST.

This morning’s fly-by lasted all of two minutes and twenty-three seconds. If you don’t have your gear set up ahead of time, forget it.

These images were taken with a 50mm lens, f / 2.8, ISO 400, and all are ten second exposures. As much as I would have liked to have tried some different settings, there just wasn’t enough time.

Clicking any of these images will open them up larger, and you can scroll through the collection by hovering your mouse on the left or right side of the large image to get an arrow (if you have trouble with this, please let me know).

What do you think? Are any of these particularly interesting? Which one do you like best?

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