[amsat-bb] Spectacular views: Dragon and ISS clearly visible over The Netherlands !

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 17:41:57 UTC 2016

Congratulations. That is really cool.

I see the Dragon streak far behind the ISS, but what is the dot/star
looking thing right behind the ISS?

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM, PA3GUO <pa3guo at upcmail.nl> wrote:
> Last 2 nights both the ISS and SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule were
> clearly visible over my location (Waalre, The Netherlands).
> I got great help of two friends setting up the camera & tracking the
> spaceships.
> In the night of July 19th they were still separated 4 minutes. ISS
> already passed when Dragon showed up.
> However, in the night (early morning 03:35 local time...) of July 20th
> they were separated only 15 seconds / 115km.
> One really sees the two 'following' (trailing) each other (ISS is
> followed by Dragon).
> We had a bit of a challenge with the full moon.
> Fortunately, the basketball field helped out a bit as you can see on
> this picture: http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7644.JPG
> ISS is the bright stripe, the more dimmed stripe (below) is Dragon.
> Exposure (lens open): 10 seconds. ISS was approaching.
> Subsequent pictures are here:
> http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7645.JPG
> http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7646.JPG
> http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7647.JPG
> http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7648.JPG (here you see Dragon best)
> http://www.pa3guo.com/DSC_7649.JPG
> Then my two friends noticed during the final period of the pass that
> the Pleiades ("Seven Sisters") were accompanying them:
> http://www.pa3guo.com/iss_dragon_waalre_20jul2016.jpg
> Well, I finally saw a cargo ship and the ISS passing by together, it
> was truly a spectacular view !!
> Best regards,
> Henk - PA3GUO
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