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Stargazing I saw the ISS!

  1. Jun 5, 2018 #1
    I JUST spotted the ISS with my powerful binoculars,
    How luck I am.... :woot: I was looking at Sirius and just then a streak of non twinkling light passed through, when I ran to desktop to check ISS tracker i saw it was just over India.... I feel very lucky to see the greatest project of mankind history :D....
     
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  3. Jun 5, 2018 #2

    russ_watters

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    It is very cool to see, especially when you aren't expecting it. I was BBQing with some friends a month ago and saw it unexpectedly. It wasn't even very dark outside yet. Same thing: checked an app to verify.

    I've never put binoculars on it: what did it look like?
     
  4. Jun 5, 2018 #3
    Just a light streak moving fast... When I located it, it was just passing below Sirius in the evening eastern sky.. Well I just ran and told everyone In my house bout that :smile:
     
  5. Jun 5, 2018 #4
    My Binocular is nothing before your telescope in your pic by the way :-p But still I had a great feeling, even I saw it unexpectedly
     
  6. Jun 5, 2018 #5

    russ_watters

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    [google] Oh; up to about 50 arcsec in diameter, which is big enough that it should have some structure even in binoculars! I need to put some effort into looking at it...
     
  7. Jun 5, 2018 #6
    I tried but it was fast... I just got a glimpse
     
  8. Jun 5, 2018 #7
    If you have a smart phone, there is a free app called "sky view lite" that is pretty decent. You can locate ISS on there and even Hubble.
     
  9. Jun 5, 2018 #8
    Surely I will try the app... Thanks mate :)
     
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  11. Jun 5, 2018 #10

    Andy Resnick

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    It looks like this when passing overhead (through an 800mm lens):


     
  12. Jun 5, 2018 #11
    The best part is that, humans are there..... A sense of peaceful world. I always saw ISS on youtube with Suni Williams as a guide, fidget spinners up in space but looking it directly gives a great feeling
     
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