So I found out there was going to be an ISS pass within sight of Cork tonight about two hours ago and decided to try and get some shots. In my head I had envisioned a nice long exposure shot with the ISS streaking across the frame.
It didn’t really work out that way. I need more practice. And less cloud.
So here’s the shot (I think of the ISS). The cloud cover was pretty awful, but I saw it just after it came over the horizon for a few seconds before it disappeared behind cloud. I saw it peak through again and hit the shutter. I’m pretty sure it’s that very faint little blur in the middle of the frame about two thirds up from the bottom. Lame, I know, but it’s all practice, and I still get a buzz every time I see it.
I saw a really bright star just over Ballincollig which can be seen again in the middle of the frame, this time about a quarter up from the bottom. Focusing in the dark on the side of the road is tough. I’ll be bringing a torch the next time and give myself plenty of time to set up the shots. Anyway, the cool thing about this shot is that I’m pretty sure it’s Neptune, going by the online sky map here.