ISS Images from Mike Salway

Blogged by Xiao Sun on April 16, 2009 and tagged with Sample Images, Sun.

The following pictures of International Space Station were taken by Mike Salway with his DMK 21AU04.AS astronomy CCD camera in March:

In his e-mail, Mike wrote:

It's been a week but I finally got around to processing these images. On the mornings of Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd March I had a few bright passes of the International Space Station (ISS) over my location. The great thing was that the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-119) was docked at the time so I was hoping for good seeing and hoping I'd be able to track it accurately. I was able to capture reasonably detailed images during both passes, but of course you always want more. For the image on the 20th, my shutter speed was a little too slow so the frames were a bit soft. The lighting and angle meant the backside of the shuttle was facing us and was not illuminated and could not be resolved. The image from the 22nd shows a lot of detail and structure in the radiators and also includes the new S6 solar panel that was installed by the STS-119 crew on the 21st March. Space Shuttle Discovery is barely visible - only it's tail is illuminated and was just about the noise level.

Many Thanks Mike!