Trying to capture detail from over 400 km away
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Liquidstone
Registered: Jan 14, 2005
Total Posts: 1479
Country: Philippines

Got up early this morning to try and capture a bright pass of the ISS.

I was armed with a 400 2.8 IS "overclocked" with 5.6x worth of TCs.









It seems the conditions (seeing, shot execution and ISS angle relative to the sun) weren't as optimal as April last year, when I got a bit better detail.








Looking forward to the next bright pass of the space bird over our islands.


Romy


ytwong
Registered: Dec 29, 2003
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Interesting. How did you locate that thing?



PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
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Not handheld ?



Sarsfield
Registered: Nov 29, 2004
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Great job Romy. I envy your place on the planet...



davekone
Registered: Apr 28, 2003
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http://spaceweather.com/flybys/



Liquidstone
Registered: Jan 14, 2005
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Country: Philippines

ytwong wrote:
Interesting. How did you locate that thing?



I use this site. I input my coordinates and it gives me the schedule of passes for the next 10 days,

http://www.heavens-above.com/



Liquidstone
Registered: Jan 14, 2005
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Country: Philippines

PetKal wrote:
Not handheld ?


Wish I had your much lighter 400 IS II, Peter.


Sarsfield wrote:
Great job Romy. I envy your place on the planet...


Thanks.



jaybird555
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What the h-- is ISS ??



WesN
Registered: Jan 30, 2005
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Wow, how cool is that!

Wes N.



spdntrxi
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international space station



Liquidstone
Registered: Jan 14, 2005
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Country: Philippines

jaybird555 wrote:
What the h-- is ISS ??


Not very sure, but I guess it means Impossibly Small Subject.

I always have a tough time focusing on it, so I cheat by prefocusing on the moon, which is a much larger and slower target.

Here's how the moon looks this morning from our islands.

Canon 7D + 400 2.8 L IS + stacked Canon 2x and Sigma 2x TCs,
1600 mm, f/16, ISO 200, 1/30 sec, 475B/516 support.







beetlefang
Registered: Nov 04, 2012
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I am in awe! Thanks for posting those incredible shots.



jaybird555
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spdntrxi wrote:
international space station

Thanks!!



Ericka41
Registered: Jul 18, 2012
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I love this shot! I have been wanting to shoot the moon, I unfortunately don't have a lens like that. Thank you for sharing"



PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
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Liquidstone wrote:
PetKal wrote:
Not handheld ?


Wish I had your much lighter 400 IS II, Peter.




That doesn't seem to matter, Romy, you do get spectacular shots with your MkI.



Khun Hans
Registered: Oct 02, 2005
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Very well done, Romy. It's just amazing
Hans



Liquidstone
Registered: Jan 14, 2005
Total Posts: 1479
Country: Philippines

Thanks everyone for the comments!


PetKal wrote:
That doesn't seem to matter, Romy, you do get spectacular shots with your MkI.



Peter, having used both versions of the 400 2.8 IS, how would you compare the optics of the new vs the old? My old one is so unbelievably sharp that I see an increase in captured detail at moonshots up to a 4x TC. I'm curious if Canon was able to improve on the near optical perfection of the older one.



Doctorbird
Registered: Jul 02, 2012
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The Mk II version of the 400 would have brought out a lot more of the ISS feather details.

Db



StillFingerz
Registered: Jul 29, 2010
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Great images...but where are the space aliens



Pixel Perfect
Registered: Aug 16, 2004
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400km phew. I can see the sun and it's 150 000 000 km away

We don't need no stinkin' teleconverters gringo

Awesome shots Romy.



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