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mattviatura

2,996 posts

86 months

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Tuesday 17th April 2012 quote quote all
Fabulous pass. There appeared to be another object following at about four o'clock to the ISS. Anyone see it and know what it was?

slothmeister

169 posts

87 months

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Tuesday 17th April 2012 quote quote all
Thanks Elderly,

Tonight was my first ever viewing of the ISS, it's not until I've moved out into the countryside that ive appreciated the night skies a bit more.

Fantastic sight, humbling. Still amazes me that we have men and women living up in space constantly, moving so fast but yet visible to the naked eye. I was amazed at how bright it was, going to have to get some binoc's me thinks.

Lost_BMW

12,955 posts

62 months

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Tuesday 17th April 2012 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
Same as me - just thought I'd check the timings and realised a pass was actually happening. I have a pair of 40 x 50s and you can make out the fact that it is not just a point of light.
Do you need to use a tripod for binoculars that powerful?

Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Wednesday 18th April 2012 quote quote all
Lost_BMW said:
Eric Mc said:
Same as me - just thought I'd check the timings and realised a pass was actually happening. I have a pair of 40 x 50s and you can make out the fact that it is not just a point of light.
Do you need to use a tripod for binoculars that powerful?
I've been using binoculers for over 40 years so am very used to holding them steady. The ISS moves too fast to make a tripod practical anyway. I use a tripod if I'm looking at the moon and the stars.

Lost_BMW

12,955 posts

62 months

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Wednesday 18th April 2012 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
I've been using binoculers for over 40 years so am very used to holding them steady. The ISS moves too fast to make a tripod practical anyway. I use a tripod if I'm looking at the moon and the stars.
Mmmmm... just thought I'd struggle with something as powerful as a x40 model.
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Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Thursday 19th April 2012 quote quote all
Lost_BMW said:
Mmmmm... just thought I'd struggle with something as powerful as a x40 model.
It is a bit wobbly but I'm so used to them now (I've had them 20 twenty years) that the wobbliness isn't too bad.

They are actually zoom binoculars and can go from x 10 to x 40.

Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Friday 27th April 2012 quote quote all
Just a heads up. A Soyuz should be re-entering and landing later on this morning. NASA TV might be showing it live. I'm not sure of the exact timing.

jmorgan

20,629 posts

170 months

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Friday 27th April 2012 quote quote all
Ah, might be around for that if NASA are showing it, a Russian re entry?

RosscoPCole

2,130 posts

60 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
Just been checking for when it is visible online
Apparently there are 5 times on Saturday when the ISS can be spotted and all long (5 minutes plus).
Is this some sort of record?

Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
This is the best time of the year for seeing the ISS in multiple successive passes. The sun isn't that far below the horizon, even at midnight so at 200 miles plus above the ground the ISS is in sunlight for each pass.
I was at a wedding reception a few years ago and I managed to see it three times during the evening. It was fun pointing it out to the other wedding guests each time it came over.

MartG

3,820 posts

90 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
RosscoPCole said:
Apparently there are 5 times on Saturday when the ISS can be spotted and all long (5 minutes plus).
All assuming no cloud of course rolleyes

RegMolehusband

2,709 posts

143 months

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Saturday 9th June 2012 quote quote all
Ive just watched it from Shropshire, 45 deg. above the horizon even though it was directly over Spain smile

Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Direct overhead pass in a couple of minutes.

RegMolehusband

2,709 posts

143 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Watching smile

magpie215

2,152 posts

75 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
boo overcast here :-(

odyssey2200

18,650 posts

95 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Thanks for the Heads up!

Good view here!

RegMolehusband

2,709 posts

143 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Nice. Did you see the bright satellite about 30 deg ahead of it on about the same trajectory?

Eric Mc

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77,256 posts

151 months

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Thursday 14th June 2012 quote quote all
No - I was watching the ISS through binoculars so that restricted the field of view.

Stellarium shows Cosmos 2084 and Cosmos 1933 went by ahead of the ISS.

Edited by Eric Mc on Thursday 14th June 08:28

jmorgan

20,629 posts

170 months

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Thursday 14th June 2012 quote quote all
Of for gawds sake. Working late so missed it, and guess what is heading our way.

odyssey2200

18,650 posts

95 months

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Thursday 14th June 2012 quote quote all
jmorgan said:
Of for gawds sake. Working late so missed it, and guess what is heading our way.
Kylothian Battlecruiser?
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