posted on Jan, 25 2008 @ 10:39 AM
Good evening all and Mike,
I am humbled to be in the company of such renowned individuals.
The data you requested is:
Nikon D-200 camera
135mm lens(202mm on this camera)
A very heavy duty tripod.(not tracking though)
10.8 second exposure
Date11/4/07; time on card is 8:09:36,......it was the first day of Daylight Savings and the camera clock had Not been adjusted yet!
A little background.
I had been requested to experiment taking a picture of the ISS to determine if the Zapata Falls UFO I had photographed, was in fact the ISS. Having
researched the Internet and having built telescopes from the ground up, I very much doubted if I could capture anything above a streak in the sky.
I've seen where 8" was the smallest posting a picture of the ISS and shuttle. Plus, doing the math showed me that the original Zapata Falls image
would be at least ten times larger than the ISS. Since I did not know if the NASA data compensated for Daylight Savings time, I set up over an hour
early. Nothing showed up an hour early. Then the appointed time came and went! About ten minutes later an object shows up in the correct quadrant of
the sky. I took pictures rapidly as it moved across the heavens.
About half of the shots came out sharp, the rest were just blurry streaks of light. Under these conditions, I was thrilled to get anything!
Thoughts to ponder:
Was my watch and camera wrong regarding time? I set them according to the Internet time.
Why was the sighting late? I was out there early. I may have missed it? If so, what did I photograph? Having spent three hours reading previous
threads, what is this I hear of secret space stations? And would it be in the same orbital plane as the public one? Would not someone else have
already seen it?
Have to break off for now, I have to get supplies to make Haggis for a Robert Burns Party this weekend