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ATV Image 2008/09/26(UT)
Ralf Vandebergh(250mm Newton)|
subject: 2008/09/26 ATV Jules Verne observation
On Sept 26, I captured a nice pass of the ATV (=Automated Transfer Vehicle)
named Jules Verne,only a few days before it will 'land'.This European
Carco Craft docked several months to the ISS and undocked a few weeks ago.
I really felt the already lower orbit in my hands while tracking it.It moved
considerably faster then the ISS.When tracking manually,every difference in
speed(=altitude)is remarkably good noticable.Although it was no easy
session,the elongated shape of the spacecraft is visible well.
-Imaging data: 10in Newton/f/4.8/ATK-2C/1/500s/hand-guided:
started@ appr.60 W up to appr.80°(mouse-cat-and shot/cat-mouse-and shot//no regular
pattern was found due to hard speed overhead)turn E:mouse-cat and shot/cat-mouse
and shot)down to appr 60°.
[Ralf Vandebergh:Neighbourhood of Maastricht Netherlands]