Iridium Flare Photography
Sun, 30 Aug 1998 10:01:52 EDT

With astronomy as being a second hobby of mine and doing astrophotography on
the side, I am pursuing on getting photographs of the Iridium flares. I have
checked the VSO's web page and looked at some of the photoagraphs of the
flares that were taken. I'm looking for input from those doing any flare
photography especially those using wide-angle lenses (28mm and wider) and what
results, pro and con, they have had.

I'm using a Pentax LX 35mm camera and have a 28mm f/2.8 wideangle lens now. I
guess my biggest question would be is this a wide enough lens to use to
compensate for the 2 or 3 second flare and any azimuth/elevation errors that
would occur at the time of the flash? I know even with the latest element sets
and the IRIDFLAR program there is going to be a margin of error.

Any input would be most welcome.