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ISS with STS-124 Docked - LX90 &amp; Canon EOS

The International Space Station with Space Shuttle Discovery Docked!
June 11, 2008

A simply amazing sight captured from a telescope in a backyard observatory - The ISS with the space shuttle Discovery docked, but preparing to depart the station. This is the best of 45 images captured during the evening pass at 09:10:33p.m. CDT. It is a truly amazing image, considering that the station and shuttle were at the closest, a distance of 217 miles overhead and traveling at a speed exceeding 17,000mph!!

I hand-tracked the LX90 while viewing the ISS/Shuttle in the LX90's viewfinder, snapping the camera's shutter each time the pair were centered in the viewfinder cross-hairs. Now this is a nerve-wracking experience, trying to keep something centered in a 50mm viewfinder, that is traveling over 17,000mph!! Ah, but it is so worth the effort to see that first magic image downloaded from the camera :-)

 Equipment: Canon 300D Digital EOS, ISO400, 1/1000s exposure, connected to Meade LX90 at prime focus f/10, 2000mm.

Watauga Skies Observatory
Watauga, Texas

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Photo Comments

schmeah wrote:
Fantastic! One of the best I've seen.


2:07 PM on June 11, 2008

otherjpt wrote:
I feel like I'm there. Great!!!


5:50 PM on June 11, 2008

ChuckR54 wrote:
Great catch, Tom - another trophy for the wall!


7:55 PM on June 11, 2008

ewokvols wrote:
Tom, this is just awesome. WOW!


8:11 PM on June 11, 2008

ewokvols wrote:
Tom, this is just awesome. WOW!


9:18 PM on June 11, 2008

ewokvols wrote:
This is so awesome I did a duplicate 'atta-boy'.


9:19 PM on June 11, 2008

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