John C McConnell
Image taken:
Feb. 26, 2011
Maghaberry Northern Ireland.
Hi Tony, after a few night's of disappointment looking for the NanoSail-D tonight I was in luck! Although billed as only mag +3.2 I was able to catch it with the naked eye as it passed Cassiopeia, and then got this image as it passed above Algol and M34. I used a Canon 400D with a Sigma 70-300mm lens at 70mm and 20 seconds exposure.Time 19:18UT.The thing that struck me most with the naked eye was it's speed across the sky, much faster than an ordinary satellite,perhaps this is because of it's lower orbit.Glad to have ticked this one off the list!
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