ISS Solar Transit Observation

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Sat Jan 31 2004 - 15:22:02 EST

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    This observation belongs somewhere in my top  10.  I was hoping to see a 
    small black speck transiting the solar  disk.  What I observed was a detailed 
    silhouette where the solar panels  were clearly different than the ISS modules.  I 
    could even (barely) resolve  the gap between the solar panels.  Yimmity.
    
    Earlier today I order a  focal reducer so I can have a better chance of 
    capturing these on  video.
    
    Location: Odenton, Maryland; 39.0996N, 76.6962W
    Time: 14:08:55  EST (19:08:55 UTC) 31 January 2004
    Druation: about 1.25 seconds
    6" (150mm)  f8 dobsonian
    25mm Plossl
    TFOV about 0.6 deg 
    Baader solar  filter
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner 39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m  ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    http://www.howardastro.org  
    
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