ISS over Texas

Tonight the ISS made about a 43 degree visible pass over San Antonio, TX. I quickly grabbed my telephoto lens and my Canon Digital Rebel XT camera and snapped a few photos. I really didn't expect any to come out since I was holding the camera (no tripod) and since the station moves pretty rappidly, I figured it would blur. But I had one photo of the 20 I took that seems to resemble the station. I'm not sure if it's pure coincidence or if it really is the station. I would like some of you (that have more knowledge about the station) to look at it and let me know what you think. Thanks a lot! Here is the image I took: [IMG]http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n106/military69/ISS_3-2-07ver2.png[/IMG] Thanks again and 73's to all, -Rob
KE5BPR – Fri, 2007 – 03 – 02 22:03

Yes, that's the station

Looks pretty good for a handheld. Keep in mind that the exposure value would be pretty much the same as sunlight, so it's F/16 at ISO speed.

Then, there's the 1/focal length rule for the shutter speed. What was the focal length of the lens? 300? Then your "min" speed should be 1/300, or closer to 1/250. And, you were probably panning the shot too.

If your settings was consistent with the above, I'd say you got a good shot.

Ron H, AH6RH

Submitted by AH6RH on Sat, 2007-03-03 03:42.

I'm still learning about

I'm still learning about photography and it's really going to show in this post.... A friend of mine let me barrow the lens I shot that picture with. I don't know a whole lot about it, except on the end of the lens it says: "f=500mm" is that the focal length? and then is says: "1:8". I'm not too sure what that means either. I did set the camera up to take RAW images and I adjusted the shutter speed to a rapid setting. I honestly don't recall what it was exactly I set it to. And then I just took some shots. I didn't think any of the shots would come out due to the fast shutter speed, being in the dark, and therefore not much light was able to enter the lens. But I knew if I left the shutter open any length of time then the ISS would blur. So I just did it this way as an experiment.
But anyways, I'm glad to hear that appears to actually be the ISS.

-Rob - KE5BPR

Submitted by KE5BPR on Sat, 2007-03-03 20:57.