Telescopic Spaceflight Images
Small Aperture High Resolution Imagery of:
Space Station - Satellites - Debris
ISS with approaching Japanese cargoship Tumbling Zenit rocket stage passes through telescope field
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Latest Satellite / Rocket images: http://www.startje.be/vieuw.php?qid=357824 new!
Early work: 2008 / 2009 images: http://www.startje.be/vieuw.php?qid=394288
Good view of the ISS robotic arm Canadarm 2 and flare off the solar panels of the ISS captured early in a pass
-- The used instrument is a high quality optics, lightweight constructional 10 inch (0.25m) Newtonian reflecting telescope.
-- Tracking of objects is accomplished fully manually using an attached smaller secondary scope at a low magnification.
-- Imaging technique and setup is standardised, and the object paths across the sky are prepared for manual alignment.
-- Best results occur when lighting angle, viewing angle, seeing, distance and other factors of objects are favorable.
-- Original images are mostly taken in color to obtain the maximum possible information of the objects.
-- Imaging technique & equipment, a clear short explanation: http://www.startje.be//vieuw.php?qid=382021
-- Articles about observing experiences: http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/author/ralf-vandebergh/
-- New observations, additional experiences and visual satellite sightings are regularly reported on
Beautiful colors reflecting on the ISS in this image from 2008. Note the striking blue color, especially
visible on the metallic surfaces, which gives the impression to be reflected Earth light. (full size)
The Space Shuttle Discovery with open payload bay doors and many details taken in steady air thanks
to volcanic dust from eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland just a few days before the shuttle
undocked from the ISS on its way back home. A considerable part of the orbiter is hidden behind shadow.
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