Have you ever seen the International Space Station passing near Venus? 😊
Well this morning it just happened from my location at 9:57am BST. Weather forecast was the usual, it predicted clouds arriving sooner then they actually did - I'm so glad for that 🤞😁. About an hour before the event I found the lovely crescent Venus, haven't seen this planet since its close approach to Sun.
It wasn't hassle-free, a thin layer of cloud settled down just at that part of the sky, where Venus actually was. Luckily wasn't thick enough to orevent me from seeing Venus.
Visual magnitude of Venus was mag -4.5, ISS was mag -1.4. I knew Venus will be overexposed eventually, but I definately wanted to capture the fainter ISS somehow so pushed up gain values a bit.
Sky Safari was nearly 100% accurate - surprisingly - took a video with my GoPro to record a video about the event.
At the end of the day I'm happy, got what I wanted, even the solar panels are visible so 100% satisfaction.
This video perfectly highlighted the obvious fact, that one (or more) of my optical equipment is pretty dirty 😆
Skywatcher 127/1500 maksutov
Skywatcher Allview mount
Zwo ASI120MM mono camera
Zwo IR filter
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