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All the Astrophotography on this site was taken with a Canon SD1100IS! (EOS Section coming soon!)

The constellation Delphinus near Cygnus. No deep space objects available in this one unless I happen to catch a comet someday, but there are quite a few dimmer stars around it, so it may get an upgrace someday.

The constellation Sagitta,near Cygnus. This one may get another detail shot of a globular cluster, but only as a byproduct of shooting something else nearby.


This was my first ISS (International Space Station) sighting.  The skies were clearing from the West, and the moisture was collecting in a swirl to the Northeast.  The star vista shown here would have been gorgeous, but the haze and nearing dawn washed it all out.  I could barely see the North Star and a handful of others that low in the sky.
The ISS appeared racing quickly across the sky, I never did get it in focus in my binocular (My 16x binocular makes tracking a small fast object a serious challenge).  It appeared to slow as it was passing the North Star because it had passed by and its direction of travel was more away from me than accross my view.  By that point, however, it was behind more and more clouds at every moment.  The clouds and rapidly increasing range continued to defy my attempt to focus, although it was easier to follow.  It did begin to appear as a reddish orange color as the amount of clouds between us increased.  It looked like a ball of fire when I lost it in the treetops near the end of the viewing window.  I guess it would take a fairly substantial cloud bank to obscure it completely. 
If you get an opportunity to see the ISS fly by, by all means do it.  It is easily the biggest, brightest "star" you have ever seen, and with an 8x or 10x binocular you should have a fair chance to get it in focus.  From what I have read you should be able to make out some structural detail with that bit of magnification, able to see the solar panels sticking out, for example, since they are quite huge.

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