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ISS 2017 #1


Yesterday evening was the first time since 2015 that I’ve been able to catch the International Space Station on camera flying over my location. It was one of the brightest passes I’ve seen for a long time and there might be more in the next couple of days – but this photo is actually pretty good already. I used the Canon Powershot SX30 with CHDK to make a single two-minute exposure and I’m astonished how good it looks! I will try it with the Sony Alpha 65 too sometime, but I haven’t yet got a remote for it that would allow longer exposures than 30 seconds, which is vital for this kind of photo.

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Moon #184


Here’s the full Moon from May 10th – this is a bit enhanced with more contast to bring out the details better. As usual, this was taken only with a Canon Powershot SX30 at full zoom and stacked from about 20 single shots with Registax and slightly edited with Paint Shop.

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Moon #183


A daylight Moon from May 5th.

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Moon #182


This Moon capture attempt from April 8 was even clearer than two days before.

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Moon #181


I completely forgot that I still have some unposted Moon photos… this one is from April 6.

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Moon #180


Tonight is clouded out, but yesterday I had a chance to catch a very crisp Moon again.

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Moon #179


Yesterday’s Moon was perhaps the most detailed I’ve ever captured. As usual, it took only my Canon Powershot SX30 at 35x Zoom to take this – although I did stack it from about 20 single exposures.

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Moon #178


A glowing Moon? Not really, just a dirty window! Ordinarily, I would have thrown this Moon shot from yesterday away, but I discovered that I accidentially captured both the famous Lunar X and the Lunar V! The two formations are distinctly visible in the lower left and the middle of the image.

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Moon #177


Tonight’s Moon, caught through the kitchen window!

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Moon #176


The full Moon from March 12 – a little hazy, but processing saved it!

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