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Title: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on March 03, 2006, 10:21:28 AM
Ever wonder what's overhead while out in Big Bend?  Check out Heavens-Above (http://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx?Loc=Chisos%20Basin&Lat=29.2675&Lng=-103.3&TZ=CST) which has links configured for Sky Charts (http://www.heavens-above.com/skychart.aspx?lat=29.2675&lng=-103.3&alt=0&loc=Chisos%20Basin&TZ=CST&SL=1&SN=1&BW=0&SZ=600) and some satellites like the International Space Station (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?lat=29.2675&lng=-103.3&alt=0&loc=Chisos%20Basin&TZ=CST&satid=25544).  You can specify the coordinates for wherever you're going to be (preceding links are set to the Chisos Basin).
Title: Two more links
Post by: Joe 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/
Title: where am I?
Post by: RichardM 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?
Title: Re: where am I?
Post by: BigBendHiker 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
Title: ISS pass info
Post by: RichardM 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 (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?lat=29.2675&lng=-103.3&alt=0&loc=Chisos%20Basin&TZ=CST&satid=25544)
Sauceda Ranch House, BBRSP (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.470277&lng=-103.958795&loc=Sauceda)
Austin (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Austin&lat=30.366676&lng=-97.7321)
Corpus Christi (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Corpus%20Christi&lat=27.797477&lng=-97.397575)
Piedras Negras (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Piedras%20Negras&lat=28.693&lng=-100.525)
Houston (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Houston&lat=29.7638&lng=-95.3634)
Cypress (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Cypress&lat=29.99653&lng=-95.67734)
Friendswood (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Friendswood&lat=29.5312323&lng=-95.166209)
San Antonio (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.44&lng=-98.5&loc=San%20Antonio)
Helotes (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.572271&lng=-98.694501&loc=Helotes)
Dallas (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=32.8&lng=-96.8&&loc=Dallas)
Victoria (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=28.8&lng=-97.0&loc=Victoria)
Beaumont (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.09&lng=-94.15&loc=Beaumont)
Nacogdoches (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=31.603&lng=-94.654&loc=Nacogdoches)
Lufkin (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=31.346&lng=-94.717&loc=Lufkin)
Canyon Lake (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&loc=Canyon%20Lake&lat=29.958&lng=-98.2629)
Minneapolis (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=44.99&lng=-93.218&loc=Minneapolis)
Alpine (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.375&lng=-103.66&loc=Alpine)
Ft. Davis (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.6006&lng=-103.8867&loc=Ft.%20Davis) (McDonald Observatory (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.6714&lng=-104.0211&loc=McDonald%20Observatory))
Balmorhea State Park (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.9446&lng=-103.7854&&loc=Balmorhea%20State%20Park)
Guadalupe Peak (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=31.8913&lng=-104.8601&loc=Guadalupe%20Peak)
Seminole Canyon State Park (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.7&lng=-101.313&loc=Seminole%20Canyon%20State%20Park)
South Llano River State Park (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.446&lng=-99.812&loc=South%20Llano%20River%20State%20Park)
Garner State Park (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.592&lng=-99.74&loc=Garner%20State%20Park)
Enchanted Rock State Park (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.505&lng=-98.818&loc=Enchanted%20Rock%20State%20Park)
Kingfisher, OK (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=35.8613&lng=-97.932901&loc=Kingfisher)
Bryan/College Station (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.639684&lng=-96.348381&loc=Aggieland)
The Woodlands (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=30.163755&lng=-95.472565&loc=The%20Woodlands)
Carlsbad, NM (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=32.417646&lng=-104.229355&loc=Carlsbad)
Huntsville, AL (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=34.72807&lng=-86.591492&loc=Huntsville)
Dimmitt, TX (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=34.550963&lng=-102.3131&loc=Dimmitt)
Kuwait (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=29.353452&lng=47.647705&loc=Kuwait)
Linden, VA (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=38.908667&lng=-78.083267&loc=Linden)
Nixa, MO (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=CST&lat=37.0625&lng=-95.677068&loc=Nixa)
Grangeville, ID (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=MST&lat=45.92545&lng=-116.120725&loc=Grangeville)
Americus, GA (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=EST&lat=32.072&lng=-84.233&loc=Americus)
Graham, NC (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=EST&lat=36.069&lng=-79.400&loc=Graham)
Billings, MT (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=EST&lat=45.7814&lng=-108.5685&loc=Billings)
Yellowstone N.P. (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=MST&lat=44.46&lng=-110.828&loc=Yellowstone)
Yosemite N.P. (http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?SatID=25544&alt=0&TZ=MST&lat=37.75&lng=-119.587&loc=Yosemite)
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: The Scorpion 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

James
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: jeffblaylock on March 25, 2008, 09:11:09 PM
Here's what they looked like from Austin:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/window/photos/1531.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: Goldilocks on March 25, 2008, 09:22:43 PM
Jeff, you got it!  Great picture! 
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: Al on March 25, 2008, 09:42:01 PM
Outstanding!  What was the f/stop?  Exposure time, my guess about 2 minutes . . .

Al
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: jeffblaylock 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.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: Vince T 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.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM 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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_Transfer_Vehicle
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: jssmith57 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.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM 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...
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: homerboy2u 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.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on December 16, 2008, 02:05:06 PM
Another satellite tracking resource based on zip code:
I wonder if one of the "shooting stars" was the tool kit.
Nope, the tool kit is still in orbit - there's a nice website that will tell you when to look for interesting things in orbit -

http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/index.php (http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/index.php)

When I input my zip code (north central San Antonio), it tells me I can see the tool kit (ISS toolbag) on Dec 18 and 20, though because of the light pollution I'll need binoculars.
FYI, Big Bend's zip code is 79834 (http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/search_results.php?zip=79834)
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: Lorax on December 16, 2008, 04:30:08 PM
Thanks!  These are great resources.  They work even in the North East.

Ted
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on July 28, 2009, 12:42:04 PM
Assuming the weather cooperates, there should be some good viewing opps around the state. The shuttle is due to undock this afternoon so you should be able to spot both shuttle and ISS tonight. Also, there is a Progress vehicle up there that might be visible as well. Check the ISS Pass Info (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php/topic,402.msg5142.html#msg5142) post for links to various viewing locations. Once you've brought up the ISS viewing page, you can click on the "Home" link at the top to see links for the shuttle (STS-127) and anything else that might be visible.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on July 28, 2009, 10:48:01 PM
Here's the 15 second view of the shuttle followed by the ISS from my light-polluted, skeeter-infested, suburban Houston backyard. I decided to forgo shooting on a delay (which may or may not have helped minimize camera shake due to my cheap wobbly tripod) since I was in a hurry getting set up. No luck on spotting Progress, but then I never did find data on when it was going over.

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o250/rgm_private/iss_sts127_072809.jpg)
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: Terlingua50337 on May 17, 2010, 09:16:46 AM
You can get Iridium Flare viewing times/coordiates too. Heavens-Above is on my favorites list.
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on May 17, 2010, 09:36:41 AM
You can get Iridium Flare viewing times/coordiates too. Heavens-Above is on my favorites list.
Ayup, flares are covered in this topic (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/photography-gear-and-tips/iridium-flares-watching-and-photographing-t3266.0.html)
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: homerboy2u on July 14, 2010, 09:49:51 AM
You do not know how many times i have tried to schedule getting out in my porch and and look for the ISS. However each time i want to go out,for some reason i am laying in my bed dead tired,i open my eyes then close them, then i open my eyes then i close them once again, then it is morning. In a blink of an eye. I do not even rest enough as it is...... :eusa_snooty:

 My wife kicked out my girls after they were running ,yelling and wrestling in my bed...with the T.V. on. Never noticed it.

 I still have hope in crossing the ISS,sometime soon. :eusa_pray:
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: badknees on July 14, 2010, 09:58:11 PM
Saw it pass tonight. Nice and bright, but lots of skeeters. Friday night looks good for a high elevation pass.

Also Venus, Mars and Saturn are aligning near the moon at about the same time
Title: Re: Heavens-Above (star charts, satellites, etc)
Post by: RichardM on July 10, 2018, 09:44:03 AM
For anyone who happens to be in the park on July 19, the International Space Station will be passing almost directly overhead. For optimal viewing, be on top of Emory Peak (or Casa Grande) so you can watch it from horizon to horizon. ;)

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?lat=29.2675&lng=-103.3&alt=0&loc=Chisos%20Basin&TZ=CST&satid=25544