Greetings from Palmia Observatory
Well, this week has been all about the ISS and new Crew-1 arrival there and we still have lots of opportunities to view the ISS as it passes overhead in the night sky.The viewing opportunity for Thursday, November 19 was for a 5 minute pass beginning 5:34pm in Orange County. So, out I go at about 5:25 with flimsy tripod and DSLR with 55mm lens attached. The prediction was for the ISS to become visible starting in the southwest, and then after passing overhead would go into the Earth's shadow in the northeast. This first photo is aligned towards the southwest and luckily the Jupiter, and Saturn and Moon, were available to focus the lens.
|Get your camera/lens focused on target sky. DSLR, 55mm, 1/8 second (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
Now, we just have to wait for the ISS. Here it is right on schedule and you can see it in this 10 second exposure. The sky was just a little bit to bright to use the usual 30 second exposure setting.
|ISS passes between Jupiter and Saturn, DSLR, 55mm, 10 seconds (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
This next photo is just a cropped version of the previous one.
|Cropped view of ISS as it passes between Jupiter and Saturn (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
The ISS passed high overhead and I couldn't quite twist my neck and body enough to get it in the viewfinder. The use of the red dot finder really help get the ISS in the viewfinder.. Anyway, the viewing came to an end all to quickly as the ISS passed out of view in the northeast.
|ISS goes out of view in the northeast, DSLR, 55mm, 10 seconds (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
So, we have some more viewing opportunities in the next couple of days. Be sure to check out for your location. For those of you in Orange County, we have tonight, Friday November 20, Saturday and Monday. Good luck and good viewing!
|ISS Viewing Opportunities for Orange County (Source www.spotthestation.nasa.gov)|
Until next time, here from our burrow, stay safe, as we recover more of our freedom,