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    Default The big fish in the sky that got away!



    I decided to sign up to nasa's iss email alert ,this was the first time i've planned to view/capture the iss after 3-4 years of astronomy i've never seen it .

    any how i got an email sighting alert for a pass over last thursday at 5:44 am while at work and it showed a maxed height 79 deg from nw to se right over my head! , so when i got home i pre planed for a few hours .

    Tried to figure out how to track satellites with my mount which is seems rather complex and then i jumped on the forums here and did some reading and decided to get the dob out as people have been manually tracking it by hand , i pulled the dob base apart and greased it up!, collimated ,adjusted the red dot,set up my table and laptop and focused on the moon !

    my stellarium on my laptop was not working correctly so i had to dash inside on the computer to navigate where the space station will be , here it comes on the screen inside so i dash outside, i spend 10 seconds and i found it! a very dim dot in the nw horizon!

    after a brief moment i lost track of it as soon as i went to the dob to manual track it.i spent another 30 seconds looking for it and i was not having any luck so i went back inside to check stellarium to try to find another intercepting point after i found a spot i then dashed back outside and looked for a minute or two and then on the corner of my eye the sun hit and it went extremely bright!

    by this point it was almost in the se horizon i jump on the scope swung it around and yanked the camera usb cord out of the laptop!! and then it was all over ,she shot through the sky at 27600 kph !!! and then i packed up and went to bed disappointed..

    I would say my ruined eyes dark adaption spoiled my chances of finding the space station because i was dashing in and out of the house..

    well, i just got another alert tonight for 4:55 am! but it's only visible for 120 seconds, this fly over has a easier reference point as it will pass under saturn!

    i will give it another shot!


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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    good hunting yobbo
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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    well it isn't looking to good, the clouds have rolled out
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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    Good luck, Rob!

    Tracking the ISS with a manual dobsonian is not terribly different from spurring a green-broke horse.
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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    I went out fishing and come home empty handed again


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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    If you live in the ISS flight path it's a pretty regular event. I have seen it many many many times. I wouldn't not consider looking at it in a telescope though, unless backlit by the Moon, it will just look like an incredibly bright star and will move WAY to fast to track (Manually or otherwise). I've managed to hold on to it in binos for a couple of seconds but that is it.

    Just enjoy the view as it passes overhead. It moves too fast, and is too bright to be confused by anything else or to miss it.

    Here is a video I shot of it a couple of years ago going by the moon

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    Default Re: The big fish in the sky that got away!

    Most mounts have enough slewing speed to track the iss, the problem is accuracy, alignment, and software. It is a feat but some of the best images posted online are done by manualy tracking it, I guess it takes practice and a good eye and where abouts of the night sky, it's been a few days now and there's no fish In water, can't wait for my next email alert
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