ISS Moon Transit

ISS Moon Transit

Postby Col. Chibani on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 9:35 pm

When my company organized an ISS photo contest, I decided that it was the opportunity for me to discover the wonderful world of astrophotograhy.
I know a guy that made a wonderful shot of the ISS passing in front of the Sun (this is called a "solar transit"), while the shuttle was making it final approach !
Being not equiped to shoot the Sun (reminder DO NOT NEVER NEVER TRY TO LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH YOUR DSLR : THIS CAN CAUSE SEVERE EYE INJURIES, INCLUDING BLINDNESS), I opted for a more peaceful Moon transit.
I quickly get introduced with http://www.CalSky.com website, that predicts such transits with French Railways accuracy (i.e. 1 sec).
Luck was with me : 2 Moon transits were to happen in the next days a few kilometers from my holyday place !
A useful "how-to" was found on this website : http://www.triggertrap.com/news/how-to-photograph-the-international-space-station.

The first Transit was a miss : cloudy weather all day, getting better and better ... and finally the last cloud disapeared from the face of the Moon exactly 2 min after the Transit.
Last chance was 3 days later. This time it was a clear night.
The count-down is impressive : the Moon transit lasting 0.6 second, "spray & pray" is the only option and there will be no "bis".

T0 minus 24 hours : settings with quite same conditions, finding the best balance between burst rate and IQ. Memory Card check & batteries loaded (I have a grip).
I did not touch my gear afterwards to avoid any mess-up
T0 minus 1 hour : gear check and loading in the car & car check. Watch sync with web time.
T0 minus 30 min : departure
T0 minus 15 min : tripod set up & setting check / manual focus on the Moon with Live View
T0 minus 10 min : 100 pic / 12 sec trigger check
T0 minus 30 s : last aiming at the Moon (the Moon is moving incredibly fast @ 600 mm)
T0 minus 2 s : fire ! (I had no remote for burst, so I had to keep my finger on the trigger for 10s, trying not to shake)
T0 : my wife, equiped with a pair of binoculars, yells "Gotcha !", as she saw a black dart crossing the Moon
T0 plus 5 s : I release the trigger, being loosely confident on the capability of my better half to make out a Space Station from a bat in the dark
T0 plus 10 s : heart restarts slowly

Now the strange part : I had seen nothing at all but maybe my Nikon caught something. If I had been alone, it would have been a completely blind shot.
Now I have to go through 100 exactly similar-looking Moon shot to find out which ones have a little speck on it.
My wife had me in the car (it was getting cold, even for loving wife, ready to come with me on such a weird middle-of-nowhere not-so-romantic midnight sortie) before I was able to spot anything.
But suddendly, here it is : 4 shots with "something" in front of the Moon !

ImageDSC_7950 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

ImageDSC_7951 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

ImageDSC_7952 V3 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

ImageDSC_7953 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

I think I had never been so photo-happy since my first not-too-blurry quite-framed averaged-exposed Spitire shot 20 years ago.
Many thanks to my wife, the guys behind CalSky, Aaron Harris and my Sun / ISS / Shuttle friend who gave me some last-minute advices, for having made this event possible !
Hello also to Thomas Pesquet up there !

If you have never tried such an experience, to get away from lazy warbirds and boring jets, I highly recommand it !

[EDIT] Typo & grammar corrections
Last edited by Col. Chibani on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 8:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Seamus on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 9:52 pm

That is absolutely awesome :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby ericbee123 on Wed 12 Apr 2017, 11:20 pm

Quite simply. BRILLIANT. I would be dancing around with a "blind" result like that.
Disclaimer-I have spell/grammar checked this post, it may still contain mistakes that might cause offence.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby DeltaPapa on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 6:50 am

That's incredible - I would be chuffed to bits if I could make a capture like that. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby aceyone on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 10:18 am

Superb capture ! :clap:
Don't know about those jets ,they spoil a very nice place
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Airwolfhound on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 11:40 am

Outstanding, and love the narrative :-) :clap: :clap:
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Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby helired3 on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 1:00 pm

Wow that's excellent :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby capercaillie on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 1:59 pm

Great stuff Colonel. :clap: :worship:

It sure beats a Tornado. :whistle:
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby TKK 140 on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 6:47 pm

Excellent, very well done, the satellite makes it a great photograph.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby RRconway on Thu 13 Apr 2017, 8:41 pm

A resounding well done sir :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
As an aspiring Astro photographer who still struggles to set up his driven mount I am in awe.
I was taking moon photos the other evening through my smaller more mobile scope so may well try this myself.

Absolutely excellent, Well done.

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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Rick on Fri 14 Apr 2017, 11:32 pm

As others have said, outstanding results :clap: :clap:
Very well done.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Spiny Norman on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:37 am

Superb capture. Well worth the effort.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Luke28 on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 10:59 pm

I can only echo what has been said, absolutely brilliant!
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby ColeTheDemolisher on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 11:41 pm

WOW :shock:
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Sorry Goose, but its time to Buzz the tower...

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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Col. Chibani on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 8:51 pm

Hello and thank you for your comments.

I tried to make a composite image from the 4 photos, but it seems that my camera, or my finger, had a hiccup during the transit, and something seems to be missing :oops: :

ImageFusion by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

I have the choice now to remove the 3rd image or to fake the "missing link" (the latter I refuse, based on some personal, old-fashionned ethics :wat: ).
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Col. Chibani on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 10:40 am

Some news : my photo ranked 2nd place in my company contest (by popular voting), and I was awarded a telescope !*

Image

With it, it is possible to see the rings of Saturn with the (almost) naked eye, which is a moving experience.
You can't help imagining the first guy in history who had enjoyed such a sight :shock: .
Last summer, it was the family attraction during the night.

After having recently purchased the required adaptator, I was able to test it with my Nikon D7100.
Unfortunatly, poor weather and a thight schedule prevented me from taking something else than the Moon.

ImageDSC_0824 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

But il looks promising :smile: .

* First prize was a DSLR, which I obviously already possess, so I was purposely aiming for 2nd place :biggrin: .
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 12:27 pm

RRconway wrote:A resounding well done sir :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
As an aspiring Astro photographer who still struggles to set up his driven mount I am in awe.
I was taking moon photos the other evening through my smaller more mobile scope so may well try this myself.

Absolutely excellent, Well done.

POTW?

Jeff.


POTY.....

John
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby ikarus on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 12:58 pm

Crikey superb captures :clap:
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby speedbird2639 on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 10:11 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41956191

Jupiter's four Galilean moons will also be visible to those with a telescope


Now who do we know with a shiny new telescope and a decent camera? Go on Col. You know you want to get up a bit earlier tomorrow.

Nailed on PotW if you get a nice capture!
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Col. Chibani on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 10:21 pm

Unfortunately, my telescope is currently stored in my country house, in the center of France, from where I can enjoy the clearest skies you can imagine.
But be assured that I will continue to share with you my future astrophotographic achievements.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby King Cobra on Thu 23 Nov 2017, 10:17 am

Top notch. Go to the top of the class.
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Re: ISS Moon Transit

Postby Col. Chibani on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 9:45 pm

Thanks to some quite early warm spring days (& nights) in France, I was able to make new trials with my telescope.
This time, I took my time, shot in RAW, used a wired remote (a Christmas present) and tried to fine-tune the focus with LiveView.
With some simple post-processing, here is the result I am quite pleased of :

ImageDSC_1596_00001 by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

Next target is Saturn, during Summer vacations !
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