Re: ISS in a telescope

From: Brad (
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 09:46:09 PDT

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    We had a 57 deg pass of ISS last night which I observed in an 8" SCT at
    227x, tracking with LXSat software.  At only 10-15 deg elev, I could
    already see the basic shape, including the main solar arrays.  At max
    elev, three sets of arrays of different lengths were easily visible,
    along with some detail of the modules.  I was able to track the entire
    pass in the scope.  The tracking got a bit jerky near max elev, but it
    settled down every few seconds long enough to get a clear view.  I
    didn't use any filter.  It got pretty bright near the max, so some kind
    of filter may have helped, but it was an excellent view without one.
    Brad Feinner
    Los Alamitos, CA
    33.800 N, 118.059 W
    > In a message dated 8/21/01 5:43:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
    > writes:
    > ///////////////////////////
    > I saw ISS in my telescope at about 4:16 UT on 19-Aug-2001 from Mt. Diablo
    > (near Walnut Creek), CA, USA.  A 10 inch f/6 newt. (Cave Astrola) with a
    > 25mm Ortho.  I saw it approach, I missed the closest part of the pass as I
    > flipped the scope and I watched it recede.
    > /////////////////////////
    > For the record - were you using any filters on your eyepiece?  If so which
    > one?
    > //////////////////////////////
    > I followed it into shadow and
    > far beyond until distance and low altitude caused me to lose it.  There must
    > have been a light on!
    > //////////////////////////////////
    > I haven't seen any posts about this for the last few missions.  As I recall,
    > when the shuttle is in eclipse, the cargo bay lights are on and the cargo bay
    > is facing earth it is brighter than +7mag.  Sounds like an easy obs even with
    > a small scope.
    > Cheers,
    > Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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