posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 02:15 PM
The free programme Stellarium
Can be used to identify stellar objects and planets. Try it tho add ur own
location on the pref page.
As far as I have observed ; Objects in LEO/MEO appear like stars which move in arcs in the sky, typically from West to East depending on your latitude
and the inclination of the objects orbit wrt the equator. They move quick when low and slower when further out, they vary quite a bit in brightness -
sometimes you can get a bright one, or the ISS which is really bright.
Ocassionaly if you are lucky they "flare" up and get real bright, sometimes several times. Often these flare ones travel South to North in "polar"
orbits - they are worth looking for. Objects beyond MEO appear to move the opposite direction.
Regarding the picture, it is bright and cameras usually struggle to expose dull stars so it may be Jupiter/Venus. Without several hundred times
magnification Jupiter is much smaller than the large disc shown, which is likely a result of Camera autofocusing incorrectly (try setting focus to
infinity), I think perhaps the camera focused closer - perhaps twigs?
Check the viewing location at the same time tonight for trees in the way. Try changing the focus to infinity.