Ever Captured A Photo Of The Moon With The ISS Over It?

No? Me neither, but a photographer in Australia has done just that and the result is pretty awesome.

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ISS over the moon

Photo by Dylan O'Donnell


ISS close up Capturing An Image Of The ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) travels above our heads at just under 28,000 kilometers an hour which means it completes just shy of 16 orbits of the earth a day! When you know those two facts, it's easy to understand why so many people have praised a photographer called Dylan O'Donnell for an image he has captured of the moon with the silhouette of the ISS flying over it. The image of the moon is impressive on its own but the ISS silhouette sitting in the top right corner of the shot makes it just that little bit more special. (You can see a close-up of the ISS over the moon in the shot to the right.)


How It Was Captured

Dylan has actually waited a year for CalSky to say there would be a potential fly over by the ISS which by the way only passed over the moon for 0.33 seconds! 

To increase his chances of capturing an image of the ISS over the moon, Dylan attached his Canon 70D to the rear cell of his Celestron 9.25″ telescope (2300mm / f10). The shutter speed was set to 1/1650th of a second and the ISO to 800 in an attempt to freeze the motion of the ISS. Dylan timed and waited for the moment he knew the ISS would pass over and used burst mode to fire off a series of exposures. 

"(I) crossed my fingers and hoped it would show up in review – and it did!" Said Dylan on his website. 

Dylan took about a second of further exposures on either side of the pass to stack the lunar surface detail using AutoStakkert2. He also increased the saturation levels on his computer to create the coloured version of the image you see above. 


Even More Astrophotography 

As well as the ISS moon image, which you can view a high-res version of here, Dylan has a huge catalogue of superb examples of astrophotography all of which he's kindly put in the public domain! Do take the time to check out his website and if you have any cool astrophotos, please do share them in the comments below. 

You'll probably also be interested in the work of amateur astrophotographer Bartosz WojczyƄski, too: Super Cool Lunar Shots Captured By An Amateur Astrophotographer 

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themak 6 1.0k Scotland
9 Jul 2015 2:03PM
It's a great shot with or without the ISS.

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