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:

Thanks again and 73's to all,
-Rob

KE5BPR – Fri, 2007 – 03 – 02 23:03

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 04:42.