Backyard astronomer captures impressive photo of the International Space Station

A backyard night sky watcher has captured an impressive picture of the International Space Station (ISS). Jamie Cooper observed the spectacle from his home in England.

“Traveling at 17,000mph, and 250 miles high, here’s the International Space Station as seen from my home village,” he says in a statement, per South West News Service.

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Photo of International Space Station taken by amateur astronomer Jamie Cooper in England.

“The ISS takes three or four minutes to pass over, and was tracked by hand using the cross hairs of the finderscope,” he continues. “It was taken with a Skywatcher 300 PDS Newtonian telescope with Explore Scientific 3X focal extender and Astronomik Proplanet infrared pass 642nm filter. Exposure was set at one millisecond, running at around 60 frames per second with a ZWO ASI 290MM camera.”

Last month, Cooper, a professional photographer by day snapped an equally marvelous shot of the ISS as it crossed in front of the sun. You can see more on this story in the video below.

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Cooper lives in Whilton, which is a village in the England county of Northamptonshire. The village is about 75 miles north of London.

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Jamie Cooper stands with his high speed ZWO ASI290MM video camera (Credit: Jamie Cooper / SWNS)

Report by Dean Murray, South West News Service


    1. Note the use of the “Astronomik Proplanet infrared pass 642nm filter” in the description of the equipment used to take the picture. The purpose of a pass filter is to filter out light noise, which is why you don’t see the stars.

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