Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5034 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
New nickname, Mark "Lunar" Garfinkel !!
If you want an even better thrill than the moon get a very long lens (1800 or more) and, next time the Space shuttle goes up to dock with the Int. space Station, get the sighting opportunity time from the nasa.gov website, and if it is clear that night, You can (maybe if you're lucky) get a plane & Space Station shot. If you did that it would be like a 1 in 1,000,000 shot because sighting opportunities last usually 2 - 3 minutes.
Last Shuttle mission, we had a sighting here in Huntsville on a clear evening just after sundown. Orbiting at 243 miles, I'm telling you it was HUGE. I saw it very clearly myself but without any magnification it looked like a huge moving star - moving at 17,000mph. I went in to the computer (nasa flight tracker) and within 5 minutes of the sighting here it was already flying over Brazil (now THATS fast) Don't forget that the solar panels are the size of football fields and reflect huge amounts of light especially when the sun is low in the sky, and its even bigger when the shuttle is docked. I've been told that on such a sighting opportunity, with a telescope, you can make out the shape of the unit.
Ah well, I just love aviation. Even in space!
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens