First Attempt to Capture Starlink Pass Overhead
Bit of a failure. Looking in wrong direction, not wide enough view, too much cloud... ?
- Cateogory: <Astrophotography>
There was supposed to be, and I’m sure there was, a pass by of several of the Starlink satelite arrays at about 23:11 last night:
TONIGHT'S STARLINK TIMES FOR THE UK.— VirtualAstro (@VirtualAstro) June 14, 2020
SEE 4 STARLINK TRAINS AT ONCE.
22:44 Starlink 7 train, W to E Overhead, Very bright for 20 minutes.
23:11 Starlink 0, 5, 6 , 7 Westerly to Easterly - Multiple trajectories over most of the southern half of the sky for 45 minutes.
I set my camera to take a load of exposures (details below), pointing roughly toward the southern skies. Unfortunatly, and it could have been for any number of reasons, I don’t think I managed to capture a single one of the satelites. There wassome intermitant clound coverage, or I could have just been aiming too low / too high. I’ve not worked it out yet. I wasn’t able to see any by eye either, so maybe just poor viewing conditions.
Anyway, this is what I got:
- Camera = Canon EOS 7D
- Lens = Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
- Focal Length = 19mm
- Aperture = f/4.5
- Individual Exposure time = 14s
- Interval Between Exposures = 3s
- ISO = 640
- No. Exposures ~ 200
- Total Exposure ~59.7 minutes
Still haven’t worked out a way to automate the image compositing in Gimp yet. I’m sure will when it becomes too painful a task to keep doing one image at a time.