ISS Lunar Transit

May 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I've been waiting for this shot for a while... The International Space Station with Crew 8 on its orbital path brought it across the crescent Moon on Saturday night. I've been watching its path projections for a few weeks to make sure I would have the location right, so when Saturday night arrived, I drove out to the coordinates in Alachua and set up the Seestar telescope as well as my Fuji with the 600mm (900mm effective) lens on and began waiting. I knew I had to be on my toes because the projection can sometimes be off by a few seconds, and that's all it would take to miss this shot since it lasts only a few seconds itself. I had my countdown timer app going just to make sure. As 9:22 closed in, I hit record video on the Seestar and glued my eyes to my camera viewfinder.... would I catch it? I wasn't sure. I had missed my last attempt. Then all of a sudden my eye caught a glimpse of what looked tiny bug in my viewfinder and I knew instantly... NOW NOW! I told myself, as I pressed in and held the trigger of my shutter release and at the same time, breathed a sigh of relief as I watched it fly across the crescent Moon off and out of the frame on its continued journey around the Earth, all in a matter of two seconds.

YESSSS!! I danced a little in glee (I was by myself, nobody to see) and softly exclaimed into the dark night, "I got it! I GOT IT!", then quickly texted my husband and Mom because I was so excited.

This was special to me because on March 4, 2024, I also captured the ISS Crew 8 as they launched into orbit toward the Space Station (see that image by clicking HERE), relieving Crew 7 from their duties. They continue to conduct experiments and gather data on their 6-month stay. Hopefully, I will yet capture their Solar transit as they cross the Sun, and their splashdown as they return to Earth sometime in September of this year.

Below, the first image is from my Fuji camera with a shutter speed of 1/1000, and the second is a video from the Seestar slowed to half speed for better viewing.

ISS Lunar TransitISS Lunar Transit ISS Lunar Transit VIDEO


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