ISS-TRACKING with Emmanuel Rietsch tracking system (Hardware + Software)

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Highest pass = 88.1° !


Mount in Equatorial mode - April 28, 2019 01:51 UT !
04:51 LT, Jerusalem, Israel

No acquisition Telescope !! Only Nikon Coolpix P1000 at 3000 mm gigazoom !! f/8, ISO-800

New today : Telrad installed !

Hard to do a bit before 5 AM local time but this time worth not to sleep before pass !
Very close to Zenith, then ISS at only 412 Km and Mag -4.2 !
Capture with Nikon Coolpix P1000, manual video mode in HD 1080p 60 FPS, up to max 125x zoom (3000 mm),
variable exposure from start 1/30 to later shorter than 1/1000 sec. Below videos near culmination and also complete pass.
First image is a good single, second one a stack of good frames ...
Camera was as usual on Emmanuel's modified EQ6 with Videos Sky tracking software/hardware.

Single VS stacked

Part of the pass near culmination :
RightClick on video to donwload best quality in MP4 :

Also : Most of the pass (black frames eliminated) after registration with crop from 1024p with PIPP (only in MP4), click HERE



Very high pass = 83° !

Mount in Equatorial mode - Nov 22, 2018 16:08 UT

No acquisition Telescope !! Only Nikon Coolpix P1000 3000 mm gigazoom !!

Registered video of the pass :

Pictures 100% size below registration with AS!3 of 60-100 frames from 30 FPS, 2160p capture and wavelet with RegiStax6.


As I had no Telrad yet on this configuration, locating precisely the ISS going up in the sky was not easy at all as at start the ISS is not bright !

I had to start in manual movie mode ISO 6400 exp 1/30 sec (then I was able to see a bright star) and about 300 mm focal length.

When I catched the ISS and the tracking was Ok, I had to change quickly to ISO 800, exp 1/1250 sec and zoom to max 3000 MM (blocked on f/8).

When tracking was not as precise as expected I had to play on zoom for a few seconds and act on the knobs of the finder Taka refractor.