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Caught: the ISS passing Jupiter and the Southern Cross this morning.

By Gungahlin Al - 18 October 2012 18

An early rise this morning for a very long and bright pass of the International Space Station yielded this beginner a couple of interesting shots.

They were all taken from the side of Horse Park Drive Throsby, with obvious effects of lights from intersections and homes.

This is looking west, with the ISS passing the Orion constellation, with Rigel to the left and red giant Betelguese to the right, Jupiter at the bottom, and Aldebaran bottom centre.

Before the ISS pass, this was Jupiter in the centre, the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) centre left, Orion running off the top, and Capella centre bottom.

This is looking east towards the centre of the Milky Way (not very obvious given the light pollution and the dawning sky) as the ISS approaches the end of this visible pass.

The Southern Cross (without Pointers) is clear in the lower right, with Beta Crux looking very orange. There’s a lot of colour variation between the stars in this shot.

I’ve pushed the exposure of this one, so a little more of the Milky Way is obvious (as is the poor quality of my kit lens!) as the ISS disappears.

The light spill is from the intersection and traffic lights on the end of Well Station Drive.

Earlier this week, the Crescent Moon on 13 October.

A couple more over on my blog: the Moon in conjunction with Venus and a very ordinary shot of Neptune.

There are some more good passes for early risers over the next few days, including at 4:14 tomorrow and 4:59 Saturday. Details: http://twisst.nl/67222

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18 Responses to
Caught: the ISS passing Jupiter and the Southern Cross this morning.
bundah 7:39 pm 19 Oct 12

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Gungahlin Al said :


Got some good pics and video frames of Juliter though, which I hope to stack and process Sunday. Little bit busy before then… 🙂

I suppose if we like these photos and want to see a lot more we shouldn’t vote for you, Al…

Come now. I’m sure Al can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Well that probably puts him ahead of a lot of other candidates…

Come to think of it, doing either does that…

Some of them probably think Betelguese is what you get if you step on a cockroach…

Haha now that would be Sirius!

bigfeet 7:07 pm 19 Oct 12

Al, can you give us some technical details on the shots if its not too much of a hassle.

Camera? Lens? Settings? Or are they on Flickr or somewhere else where this info is embedded?

My night-sky pics are atrocious!

poetix 6:27 pm 19 Oct 12

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Gungahlin Al said :


Got some good pics and video frames of Juliter though, which I hope to stack and process Sunday. Little bit busy before then… 🙂

I suppose if we like these photos and want to see a lot more we shouldn’t vote for you, Al…

Come now. I’m sure Al can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Well that probably puts him ahead of a lot of other candidates…

Come to think of it, doing either does that…

Some of them probably think Betelguese is what you get if you step on a cockroach…

Pork Hunt 6:07 pm 19 Oct 12

poetix said :

Gungahlin Al said :


Got some good pics and video frames of Juliter though, which I hope to stack and process Sunday. Little bit busy before then… 🙂

I suppose if we like these photos and want to see a lot more we shouldn’t vote for you, Al…

Come now. I’m sure Al can walk and chew gum at the same time.

poetix 1:51 pm 19 Oct 12

Gungahlin Al said :


Got some good pics and video frames of Juliter though, which I hope to stack and process Sunday. Little bit busy before then… 🙂

I suppose if we like these photos and want to see a lot more we shouldn’t vote for you, Al…

Mr Gillespie 1:26 pm 19 Oct 12

I don’t have a spare million really, but I wish good luck on a highly ambitious feat to get a small target as a planet in the same telescopic frame as the ISS.

Thumper 12:40 pm 19 Oct 12

That second photo is simply brilliant.

As is the last one of the moon.

Gungahlin Al 12:24 pm 19 Oct 12

Mr Gillespie said :

A million bucks says you can find a point where and when you can get the ISS within half a degree of Jupiter through a lens strong enough to show Jupiter and its moons.

You have a spare million do you?
I was all set up earlier this week to catch it coming very close. But the ISS passed about two fields of view in the telescope away from Jupiter. DSLR attached to the Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.

I’m targeting this sort of shot for a while to see if I can nab one.

I have actually followed the ISS across the sky once using the fully manual Dobsonian scope. We could even see the solar sails!

Got some good pics and video frames of Juliter though, which I hope to stack and process Sunday. Little bit busy before then… 🙂

Mr Gillespie 11:24 am 19 Oct 12

A million bucks says you can find a point where and when you can get the ISS within half a degree of Jupiter through a lens strong enough to show Jupiter and its moons.

Flyinghurts 10:03 am 19 Oct 12

Awesomes pictures. Thanks mate

shirty_bear 9:54 am 19 Oct 12

Fascinating – well done, Al.

Gungahlin Al 9:20 am 19 Oct 12

Deref said :

Great job, Al! 🙂 Thanks!

Thanks guys for the feedback. Got a lot more the learn about doing this, but it’s fun trying to capture them.

LSWCHP 7:57 pm 18 Oct 12

Thanks Al. It’s heroic efforts on the part of blokes like you that allow me to sleep soundly at night. 🙂

Deref 6:35 pm 18 Oct 12

Great job, Al! 🙂 Thanks!

breda 5:51 pm 18 Oct 12

Cool pix – thanks Al.

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