Star gazing

I wonder what makes us do things? You know, you set out to do one thing; and that leads to another; and that leads to another

I can’t even remember how I ended up standing in the freezing cold, at night, camera at the ready waiting for the International Space Station to fly past but the other night that’s exactly what I was doing.

I’ve never tried taking pictures of satellites/Space Stations before so it was a whole new learning experience and to be honest I didn’t get any good results; and to top things off, having waited for over an hour since the previous pass of the ISS (which was seen, nice and bright whilst it travelled over Southern France – not bad from Maidens), a big band of cloud appeared from nowhere and hid it from view. Never mind, it’s here all week – although I am in Scotland and so is the cloud

My investigation of tracking the ISS has led me down various routes of looking for satellites; and has made me think about getting software that will let me convert the signals from the NOAA weather satellites into images on my computer. Of course, with the computer I use starting to get maxed out with SBS, Planeplotter etc I’ll probably need a new computer. Maybe I’ll use my laptop that just sits around doing nothing these days, or revive the old computer that’s in a box in the loft. It’s also made me think about getting a few more scanners/receivers to listen to some other things and download data – I think I’m getting old 🙂 I mean it was a saturday night, I should’ve been out not standing in the garden looking at the sky

Satellite passing through Sagittarius

Jupiter, with one of the moons passing in front of it

I’ve been listening to a bit of HF recently too; mainly Shanwick, but there has been a bit of activity with B1’s and some Quids over the Atlantic. I missed a couple of B52’s getting refuelled last night but there were other things to do as usual – and as always it was the house.

Probably the biggest decision I’ve made this week is to purchase a HD Camcorder. Hopefully it’s on its way as I type. I’ve gone for a Panasonic HDC-TM700. It’s had great reviews and I think it’ll be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been very happy with my Panasonic point and shoot camera and this is a major step up. I’m sure some videos will be finding their way online soon

And finally, World Airline Fleets News arrived yesterday and there’s one of my pictures in there from Prestwick

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