Photographing the ISS

DarrenG

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I decided to try and capture the pass of the ISS over the UK this evening. But being in a rush I had forgotten to switch off AF and by the time I figured out the issue I only managed to capture the second half of the pass almost all of iut behind the only tree in our garden!

This was my first ever attempt and so I was lucky to guess the exposure correctly but any tips on improving things would be welcomed. Also, how do I ensure the camera is focussed at infinity next time?

ISO 200 f5.6 20secs 14-45mm at 14mm

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Wasabi Bob

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Great shot

Very nice shot! As an amateur radio operator I've been able to have at least one conversation with them, and I often listen to them as they pass over.

Might also be interesting to just take 1 minute exposures and see if you catch other birds passing over. Most people have no idea how many satellites pass by in the night sky every day.
 

DarrenG

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Nice idea. Typically, every other pass since has been obscured by cloud but as soon as I have a clear night I'll try that.
 

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Very nice shot! As an amateur radio operator I've been able to have at least one conversation with them, and I often listen to them as they pass over.

Might also be interesting to just take 1 minute exposures and see if you catch other birds passing over. Most people have no idea how many satellites pass by in the night sky every day.
I'm a radio amateur too! Had a couple of chats with the ISS, myself :smile:
 

DarrenG

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Well whilst we're all wandering OT here, I'm a novice UK HAM - passed the first stage of my licence a while back. Nothing so grand as talking with ISS though - yet ;) M3CVM
 
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