Best Film/Shutter/f-stop combination for satellite photography?

GMORTENSEN@delphi.com
Tue, 15 Aug 1995 20:18:13 -0400 (EDT)

Quick question:  What's the best film speed/shutter speed/and f-stop
combination to take pictures of satellites?  It should be noted that I'm
currently using a 35mm, with 1000 speed film, and a shutter speed of
20 seconds.  I use a 58mm lens, at an f-stop of 1.2.

Unfortunately, I live in an area that can only be described as
"light-polluted", so these shots generally come out with a bluish sky,
rather than a black background.

Should I use slower film?  (How about black and white, for that matter?)
Close the aperature a little?  Any advice would be welcome.

(I did get a nice shot of Mir the other night, the second time around.  The
first pass, at about 9:00, was washed out -- It looked like it was taken
in the middle of the _day_!)

  Regards,
    Greg

gmortensen@delphi.com