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Geostationary Satellites in Orion


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About this observation
Steve Knight
Time of observation
19/12/2017 - 02:00
Orion region
Observing location
Moreton Pinkney, Northants.
Canon 6D with an 85mm f1.4 Samyang lens
x283 10 sec exposures
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A fascinating image from Steve, showing the trails left by geostationary satellites as the mount tracks across them during a long exposure.  Steve reports that the 283 x 10 second images were taken between 0153 and 0254 UT on the road kerbside at the entrance to a field near Moreton Pinkney, Northants.  Additional information is that tracking was done with an Astrotrac on an ordinary camera tripod and the images were stabilised in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in StarStax (for trailing), Pixinsight & Faststone.  the series includes a satellite flare in a single 10 sec exposure, on the line between Alnilam and Betelgeuse.

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