brandonransom 3:54am, 8 July 2009
The International Space Station is doing flybys of the planet (apparently in a lower than normal orbit), to the point where it'll be visible in the sky. These are happening over the course of the next 13 days or so, with some prime sighting opportunities in the late evenings of the next few days.

The spacecraft will be visible north of Duluth, so I'm thinking some South Shore action is in order. I know there are some nerds who will get as excited about this as I am, and with 5-6 minute flyovers, there is the potential for some long exposure photography.

Who's with me?!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Awesome! I'll be wayyyy north of Duluth and wayyyy north of any city lights. I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open. Thanks for the heads up.
TwoOneoh! Posted 9 years ago. Edited by TwoOneoh! (member) 9 years ago
So i'm curious, what kind of lens does one use for shooting the ISS?
JustinSinks 9 years ago
a VERY big lens! ;)

This could be cool, i wonder how big it will be in the sky?
brandonransom 9 years ago
zerofourtwo, that all depends. If you want to do some long exposure shots, basically a setting with a big streak across the sky, then you could shoot on the wider end of the spectrum. At the second link, I provided, there are some shots taken by a Dutch man with a 300mm lens. I'm sure they're cropped but he got some pretty good definition.

Justin, a friend of mine from Michigan who saw it last night said that it was about the size of a quarter at arms length. In other words, pretty big. We'll have to see tonight, I'm planning on going to the beach at Wisconsin Point at around 10 tonight, provided I don't get killed sailing on this windy day. Anyone who wants to join is welcome, and I'll be posting my whereabouts on my Twitter page.
TwoOneoh! 9 years ago
Depending on what "she" has assigned for me to do tonight i might try and come on out.
TwoOneoh! 9 years ago
@ Brandon

Soooo how did it go??
brandonransom 9 years ago
I didn't go to WI Point, I got totally drenched while sailing and didn't feel like driving over there. I went down to Leif Ericson Park and watched it fly overhead from there, though I didn't take my camera. I wasn't quite as big as my friend had told me, but it was definitely visible.
mb_wen 9 years ago
Yeah.... not so much the size of a quarter... maybe a pea at arms length? Lots of activity up there last night though. I think I saw 3-4 other satellites, not as bright though. That thing was real bright. I caught maybe one half way decent shot of the ISS... I wasn't sure where it was going to show up.
thanks, been wondering what that large blob in the sky was. Since our nearest neighbor with a yard light is over a mile away, we can see lots!
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