Here are three astrophotos that I took. Each is a 4x6 print from slide. Each photo is labeled with the information
on how I took it.
- Photo #1 is the Russian Space Station Mir trailing through the Big Dipper.
- Photo #2 is of the Space Shuttle Discovery launch as seen from Daytona Beach, Florida. this was STS-96.
- Photo #3 is of the International Space Station.
The Mir, I believe, will soon plunge into the ocean, and the ISS will be becoming more visible in time due to
For satellite photography, I have found that using faster film between 200 and 400 ASA will bring out the satellite
trails. Take your shots just after twilight when the sapcecraft can reflect the setting sun.
These photos are camera on tripod photography using a standard 50-mm or wide angle lens where you can lock the
shutter open as the satellites trail across the film plane. It might be interesting to know that Sky&Telescope
has a website which has a satellite page. This page provides passes for major cities for the Mir and the ISS, as
well as Iridium satellites.
These photos were time exposures taken with a fully manual SLR camera with a normal standard 50-mm lens, on
a tripod with a cable release.
Ron Zincone, AAAA
Richmond, RI 02892
Russian Space Station MIR in Ursa Major on April 5, 1999, 8:01 p.m., Richmond,
RI. 50-mm f/2.8 20-30 second exposure on FujiChrome Sensia II 100
Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-96) on May27, 1999, 6:49 p.m., from Daytona Beach,
FL. 50-mm f/11 1/60 sec. exposure on Kodachrome 64
International Space Station on July 7, 1999, 9:16 p.m., Richmond, RI. 50-mm f/2.8
20-30 second exposure on EliteChrome 400