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Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)

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Offline RichardM

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Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« on: March 03, 2006, 10:21:28 AM »
Ever wonder what's overhead while out in Big Bend?  Check out Heavens-Above which has links configured for Sky Charts and some satellites like the International Space Station.  You can specify the coordinates for wherever you're going to be (preceding links are set to the Chisos Basin).
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006, 11:05:59 AM »
You can also check out the Big Bend Astronomical Society at  http://users.wirelessfrontier.net/~bbastro/  and of course McDonald Observatory at  http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/
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where am I?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006, 03:14:57 PM »
For those of you without any GPS toys, a quick way to figure out your coordinates is to go to http://maps.google.com/ and enter your address.  If you move the map just a tiny bit (left-click & drag) and click on the "Link to this page", the resulting URL should have your coordinates.

Anybody know any faster ways to find coordinates without a GPS?

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Re: where am I?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 04:42:51 PM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
For those of you without any GPS toys, a quick way to figure out your coordinates is to go to http://maps.google.com/ and enter your address.  If you move the map just a tiny bit (left-click & drag) and click on the "Link to this page", the resulting URL should have your coordinates.

Anybody know any faster ways to find coordinates without a GPS?


Just tried it.  This is so cool!!! :D  :D

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ISS pass info
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006, 05:35:26 PM »
Ok, here's some generic links to ISS pass info. If the magnitude is less than zero, then the space station should be pretty easy to spot, weather permitting. If it's above zero you might have to squint a bit. If your town isn't listed, go find your coordinates and swap them out from one of the URLs below. The loc variable doesn't do anything except put a label on the page. Note also that most of these are for Central Standard Time (I think it auto-corrects for Daylight Saving Time).

Chisos Basin
Sauceda Ranch House, BBRSP
Austin
Corpus Christi
Piedras Negras
Houston
Cypress
Friendswood
San Antonio
Helotes
Dallas
Victoria
Beaumont
Nacogdoches
Lufkin
Canyon Lake
Minneapolis
Alpine
Ft. Davis (McDonald Observatory)
Balmorhea State Park
Guadalupe Peak
Seminole Canyon State Park
South Llano River State Park
Garner State Park
Enchanted Rock State Park
Kingfisher, OK
Bryan/College Station
The Woodlands
Carlsbad, NM
Huntsville, AL
Dimmitt, TX
Kuwait
Linden, VA
Nixa, MO
Grangeville, ID
Americus, GA
Graham, NC
Billings, MT
Yellowstone N.P.
Yosemite N.P.
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008, 03:08:01 PM »
when I want to shoot (with my camera) a satellite or the ISS and shuttle or what ever, I will use the heavens-above site as well as a star map program to determine its exact sky location so I can make sure my camera is pointed at the right part of the sky. this also helps to frame up the shot to minimize cropping

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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2008, 09:11:09 PM »
Here's what they looked like from Austin:



The International Space Station is the upper streak; the shuttle Endeavour is the lower one. That's Orion to the right, with Eridanus below it. Canis Major is to the left of the shuttle's path. The orange patches are not the northern lights (I wish!) but fast-moving low clouds. The silhouettes are my budding pecan trees.
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008, 09:22:43 PM »
Jeff, you got it!  Great picture! 

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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2008, 09:42:01 PM »
Outstanding!  What was the f/stop?  Exposure time, my guess about 2 minutes . . .

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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2008, 10:52:01 PM »
Canon Digital Rebel XTi, 20mm Canon lens (effective 36mm), 25 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 400.
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2008, 11:28:07 AM »
I watched that last night...very neat.
I missed the first thing go by, which evidently was the "Jules Verne" supply station of some kind?
I haven't looked it up at all...but a friend told me he saw it and heard it was explained as the Jules Verne on the news...

Great picture Jeff.

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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2008, 11:51:33 AM »
I watched that last night...very neat.
I missed the first thing go by, which evidently was the "Jules Verne" supply station of some kind?
I haven't looked it up at all...but a friend told me he saw it and heard it was explained as the Jules Verne on the news...

Great picture Jeff.
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2008, 01:18:54 PM »
I was able to observe this event last night as well from Dickinson (Just south of Houston).  The neatest thing was I was able to show this to my entire Boy Scout troop following our regular meeting.  They were all very excited when they saw the ATV come over followed by the ISS and Shuttle.  Great picture Jeff!  From our vantage point in Dickinson, the paths of the spacecrafts were just to the right of Orion's belt.
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2008, 10:35:58 PM »
Well, here's what my Canon A720IS captured tonight with a 15 second exposure. That's the tail of the Big Dipper in the lower right.

Oops, looks like picoodle deleted my image file...

Looks like I could use some darker skies (preferably in Big Bend or at least away from Houston) and a more stable tripod (or maybe I should remember to not move around on the wooden deck while the shutter's open). :icon_redface: The Exif info says f/2.8 and ISO 200. I had it set on a 2 second delay.

Here's one from a minute or so before:

Oops, looks like picoodle deleted my image file...
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Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2008, 09:43:14 AM »
Cool...i heve been following this thread, since the beggining and i look forward to more exposures.
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