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First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

Another ISS shot but this one taken this afternoon when it was transiting the Sun not far home (Tog Hill Picnic Park - 'Interesting' place even at 14:30 on a Saturday afternoon). Was hoping to get few more frames of it passing but I started shooting a couple of seconds too early and buffer space filled up. First time I've tried this so glad to get just the one shot. May try again tomorrow afternoon if the thought of a couple beers at lunchtime doesn't get the better of me.

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ISS Solar Transit #1 by jonskids, on Flickr
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

One for the album. Great technical ability has been shown methinks.
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

Brilliant shot,

How did you work out the transit time re the sun?

I have tried to shoot it at night with limited success. Against the sun it works so well.

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Brilliant shot,

How did you work out the transit time re the sun?

I have tried to shoot it at night with limited success. Against the sun it works so well.

Excellent
Thanks for the kind comment.

Mixture of the Heavens Above website and ISS Transit Finder http://transit-finder.com/
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

I think you've solved the problem of Darth Vader's whereabouts after he was knocked out of kilter and went spiralling off into space. When you look closely, it looks just like a TIE fighter.

But seriously, a very, very nice shot especially for a first attempt.
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

All I can say is Wow!

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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

"There's a little black spot on the sun today." Okay, I'm showing my age.

Wow, I've never seen this before, well done!
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I think you've solved the problem of Darth Vader's whereabouts after he was knocked out of kilter and went spiralling off into space. When you look closely, it looks just like a TIE fighter.

But seriously, a very, very nice shot especially for a first attempt.
Just what I was thinking.
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot



Hi Jon,

My shot of the sun practising for an ISS pass soon.

My sun and spots are quite fuzzy compared to yours. With this IQ, my ISS will be just blob!

I am using the Em1 mk2 with a 75-300mm II Zuiko, exposing with the Procap L, 1/640, F8 and S-AF. with the centre 9 focal points.

Must be my technique (or lack of it) as I had similar results with the Em1 Mk1.

Lightroomed it a bit to reduce expose by a stop but that doesn't affect the focusing.

All on a tripod with a remote cable release.........

Usual cry for help...
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My shot of the sun practising for an ISS pass soon.

My sun and spots are quite fuzzy compared to yours. With this IQ, my ISS will be just blob!

I am using the Em1 mk2 with a 75-300mm II Zuiko, exposing with the Procap L, 1/640, F8 and S-AF. with the centre 9 focal points.

Must be my technique (or lack of it) as I had similar results with the Em1 Mk1.

Lightroomed it a bit to reduce expose by a stop but that doesn't affect the focusing.

All on a tripod with a remote cable release.........

Usual cry for help...
Hi MJ,

A couple of things jump out straight away. S-AF and shutter speed.

Manual focus all the way for me on my shot. I got to my chosen location just over an hour before the transit was due and probably took 15 to 20 single shots adjusting the focus a little each time before I was happy with the focus. When I was some 'light' sticky tape was carefully applied to the focusing ring and another sample shot taken to make sure I hadn't changed the focus.

Shutter speed - if you get a shot in focus the ISS will still be a blur with 1/640 selected. Minimum shutter speed for this shot would be 1/1600, mine was taken at 1/2000. I know when we're looking at the ISS going overhead at night it's a big white star going overhead at about the same speed as we'd see a jet liner but in reality it's travelling at about 17,000 mph.

I was totally manual (apart from white balance) and had ISO set at 200. Obviously you'd set that on any test shots.

Just one other suggestion if I may?

Timing. If you're planning to use the clock on your mobile phone to start shooting keep in mind the time on the phones clock is only as accurate as the Network time provided by your mobile provider. I downloaded an app that pics up the time signals that are sent by GPS and shows that against the phone time. There was a 5 second difference so that was a real help.

Hope this is has been of use and good luck (plus clear skies) with your shot. Looking forward to seeing the results.

P.S. - We're exchanging messages on a forum about how to photograph a spaceship going overhead. Just the thought of that makes me smile.
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

Looks like a focusing issue?
Perhaps go to manual focus preset to infinity, or try several test shots focused near to infinity?
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Re: First Attempt At An ISS Transit Shot

Skids that's seriously amazing, well done. I'm sure it must have been done before but i've never seen it thanks for posting.
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Skids that's seriously amazing, well done. I'm sure it must have been done before but i've never seen it thanks for posting.
A definite +1 from me as well for Skids tips. The attention to detail is critical in astro shots and solar ones.
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