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I was planning to stack three 2x TCs on my 400 DO II (to make 3200 mm, f/32) for this bright pass of the ISS over our islands a couple of days ago. But silly me, I forgot my bag containing two of the doublers in another place. So I had to make do with a single doubler.

ISS OVER NORTHERN PHILIPPINES , November 29, 2015, Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines (05:20:25 local time, maximum magnitude = -3.40).

Shooting info - EOS 7D MII + EF 400 f/4 DO IS II + EF 2x TC III, 800 mm, f/8, ISO 640, 1/800 sec, manual exposure, prefocused on the moon using CD AF then switched to MF, hand held, IS Mode 1 engaged.

http://www.pbase.com/liquidstone/image/161959919/original.jpg


Interestingly, the solar panel at the upper left has a different color compared to the rest of the panels. I shot 104 frames and such color is present in all the captures. Anybody has an idea why?

Romy



Nov 30, 2015 at 01:55 PM
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Nice work....I'm looking forward for your next attempt at 3200mm


Nov 30, 2015 at 02:15 PM
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Handheld ? Pare, you kill me.


Nov 30, 2015 at 02:25 PM
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Looks good, you will get lot of diffraction at f/32.....


Nov 30, 2015 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · A hand held attempt at the ISS with the 400 DO II :)


Thats cra z z z z y COOL!!!!

LuckyT




Nov 30, 2015 at 02:29 PM
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Hands of steel.


Nov 30, 2015 at 03:08 PM
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Awesome. Always check sky view to make sure the ISS and Hubble don't get into a fender bender because they get pretty close to each other from time to time . We'd like to try that up here but we would have to shoot through the planet.


Nov 30, 2015 at 03:27 PM
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Very nice, Romy!

As for the solar panel color, I'm just going to speculate that it is at a different angle than the others (for reasons that would be beyond any meaningful speculation on my part).



Nov 30, 2015 at 03:52 PM
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Great shot Romy..one from early last week in Australia..still a bit disappointed I should of used the 5Dsr but didn't have it at the time. Still ISS s a cool target.
http://www.vortexaviationphotography.com/Photography-around-the-Globe/The-Moon/i-PfL2PWf/2/X3/ISSmooncombo-X3.jpg



Nov 30, 2015 at 03:52 PM
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Both are great shots. Hard to imagine getting a shot like that considering the distance.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · A hand held attempt at the ISS with the 400 DO II :)


Good lord! Very cool shots guys!



Nov 30, 2015 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · A hand held attempt at the ISS with the 400 DO II :)


Great shots

Here is my attempt with 1dx 800mm +1.4x

International Space Station by A & R Photography, on Flickr



Nov 30, 2015 at 07:32 PM
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ClausC wrote:
Looks good, you will get lot of diffraction at f/32.....


Yup, for sure. But I'd still stack the 3 doublers on the next bright pass. I've already noted the exposure settings - f/32, 1/400 sec, ISO 5000, prefocus on a planet or the moon atop a tripod using MF, then dismount the rig for hand holding, IS on, shoot long bursts to get at least one without camera/motion blur.



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Nov 30, 2015 at 10:28 PM
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paulfeng wrote:
Very nice, Romy!

As for the solar panel color, I'm just going to speculate that it is at a different angle than the others (for reasons that would be beyond any meaningful speculation on my part).


What puzzles me is that the color is there in all my 104 frames, starting when the ISS was lower in the horizon until it was almost overhead. Surely, the angle of reflection of sunlight must have changed through the 45 degrees ++ flight arc?

My domestic boss says the color is orangy (I'm color-blind of course), so I joked with her that perhaps the panel is starting to have rust even in a low-oxygen environment.




Nov 30, 2015 at 10:36 PM
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WOW!!!!!


Nov 30, 2015 at 10:42 PM
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Rust - yeah, that's it: Rust. (Never sleeps, you know...)


Nov 30, 2015 at 10:44 PM
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Ernie Aubert wrote:
Rust - yeah, that's it: Rust. (Never sleeps, you know...)


I'm a big fan of Neil Young (Neil Old now?) eversince I was in my teens.




Nov 30, 2015 at 10:58 PM
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I was thinking maybe it had a gold plated backing on one side and that panel had the gold side toward you. I wonder if you would have better results attaching a body to a telescope vs a 400mm with 3-2x converters?


Nov 30, 2015 at 11:04 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · A hand held attempt at the ISS with the 400 DO II :)


OK, I just have to try this.

If I were to shoot this with a 1.6 cropper body and a 100-400 II lens on a tripod what settings would give me the best chance of getting something worth while? Or would I not have enough reach @ 640mm?

Dave



Nov 30, 2015 at 11:48 PM
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JohnBrose wrote:
I was thinking maybe it had a gold plated backing on one side and that panel had the gold side toward you.


That seems plausible.


JohnBrose wrote:
I wonder if you would have better results attaching a body to a telescope vs a 400mm with 3-2x converters?


Sans exotic mounting and tracking equipment, using only a gimbal or heavy duty fluid head, I think my (dream) lens of choice would be an SLR lens with the biggest diameter glass. That would be the 1200 5.6L (214 mm diameter), or as a second choice the Siggy 200-500 2.8 (179 mm dia.). I'd stack TCs on either till f/16 or so, with a 7DII. IMHO, the limiting factor in such an ISS shot is the atmospheric seeing conditions, which affects system resolution much more than diffraction.




Dec 01, 2015 at 12:08 AM
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