>Space Station Cuts Handle of Big Dipper
>UPDATE: Thanks to my buddy, Geoff, for making this animated GIF.
Last night I had such good luck seeing the Space Station with the naked eye, that I thought I would try to get a picture of it tonight. Keep in mind that this is a 6 year-old camera that I’ve only ever used in ‘Automatic’ mode.
The ISS was due in 15 minutes so I got out my rickety tripod (steadier is better, right?)
Then I had to find the manual for the camera. (how the heck do you take a Time Exposure with this thing?)
The nearest thing I could find in the manual, to a TE was the ‘Shutter Priority’ mode and the longest exposure I could take was 8 seconds.
“Well, that will have to do”, I thought.
My first shot was just to get the feel of tripping the shutter release while the camera was on the tripod.
“Here it comes”, Mrs. Geezer cried.
These next 4 pictures are 8-second exposures of the Space Station heading for my house. The bushes and sheds are being lit with a Sodium security light that I have near the round pen for the horses.
When I realized that the ISS was going to fly out of my shot, I tilted the camera up towards the Big Dipper and clicked another exposure.
I’m really proud of the way it turned out, it looks like the Space Station is cutting the handle of the Big Dipper. You can see the power lines in the lower left corner.
Click the photo for a bigger version.
This is just a combination of being in the right place at the right time.
And lots of luck.