23. 5. 2014

Good morning ISS!

I set my alarm clock to 2-3 am to spot the ISS three mornings in a row this week. Today was the day when morning sky looked good and most importantly - I had the mood to get out of the bed.

I prepared Canon 350D with remote controller some days ago. The tripod is from my small astro-telescope.

The email from HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov said this:

Time: Fri May 23 4:15 AM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 66 degrees, Appears: W, Disappears: NE

My location was the road between Bratislava and Kittsee. There I aimed the camera somewhere to the sky. With 18 mm lens (Canon EF-S 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6) I was not afraid that I miss the flyby of the station. I took some testing shots just to be sure. The sky was quite bright around 4 am therefore I set ISO to 100. The lens focusing was set to manual mode.

I couldn't see the station exactly at 4:15 most probably because of the morning haze. Suddenly it appeared and with full of joy and excitement I pressed the shutter with remote controller. I assume the exposition was around 1.5 min.

After processing in iPhoto and GIMP here is the final image (my first photo of the ISS!):

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