I havn´t seen the ISS yet .
But I did see MIR several times.
This morning 05:13 (local time) or 22:13 (UTC), I saw ISS moving in the sky from south west to the north east... Fantastic!!!
YB3MBN / 1
I see it frequently. There are times when I see a bright star moving at high speed and I turn on my tracking sw on my android only to verify it's ISS. Seen best 40 mins after sunset.
The last two nights have been exceptionally clear here in North Carolina. We observed the station passing almost directly overhead just after dark on October 11th, and then tonight about 30 minutes before dark on October 12th. That was the first time I had seen the station before sunlight was completely gone. We copied the packet downlink on 145.825 but heard no voice contacts.
I made a reception FITSat-1 telemetry and filmed the passage of the ISS
73 de Paulo PV8DX
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS BY RADIO AMATEURS STATIONS FROM LA PLATA CITY – ARGENTINA
Traces made by the International Space Station, above La Plata City, República Argentina, (57° 9490 'w and 34° 9310 s.) Data was gathered and tabulated, from January 1st 2011 until April 30th 2012. Its observation was relatively easy, and in some cases, it presented a magnitude of -3.6 and -3.7> very similar to the planet Venus, demonstrating that it’s the fourth more brilliant element in the sky.
The observation has been possible in more than 100 opportunities between radio amateurs stations that gather every night at 9pm, at the frequency of 146.480 mhz ( in the band of 2 meters), to exchange opinions. Listening every pass the buoy of the station in 145.825 mhz.
For more understanding of what precedes, two letters are attached with the corresponding outlines; the Nº1, from Northwest to Southeast, and in Nº2 from Southwest to Northeast, also the maximum elevation angles.
The following are the radio amateur stations that intervened in these observations:
LU5DFO LU9DAP LU1DNI LW5EZO
LU1EPO LW1DZT LU3EHW LU4DG
LU4DML LU4EGW LU9DCP LU4DKZ
* CHART OF NUMBER OF TRACES (one year)
* ORBITAL VARIATIONS
* CHART OF ELEVATION ANGLE
* OBSERVATIONS ABOVE THE (Moreno Square)
CENTER OF LA PLATA CITY (graphics)
In direction NW to SE
* OBSERVATIONS ABOVE THE (Moreno Square)
CENTER OF LA PLATA CITY (graphics)
In direction SW to NE
I made this nice picture of ISS with a normal non professional camera at the morning pass over Costa Rica this Dec 11 morning. It was very exciting for me. Regards. Ti5LX
I have just seen the ISS passover West End Beach in Long Branch, NJ - 23june2012 at 10pm
With the help of Satellites app on iphone and compass on iphone i was able to see it very easily. Brighter and bigger then i expected (brighter then the stars) and faster then any plane. It was exciting to watch.
I enjoy watching the sky. A month or so ago I thought I was looking at a two stars left of Cassieopia in the North, but one appeared to be moving away! It was as bright as the other star and made its way North to East. I knew it wasn't a plane but could it be it? It wasn't that bright as Jupiter or Sirus would appear. I've seen this twice already and makes me quite curious.
YES, I have! I work the Grave Yard shift at the ASPC Winslow. While on the facility perimeter on 10 Oct 2011 @ about 0450 hrs in the NE horizon, I observed the ISS maks a pass over without optical assistance.
Yes a number of times mostly early morning before sun rise. Also a few times after the Space Shuttle unlocked both close flying together. Also once viewed the Space Shuttle as it was reentering in daylight northwest to southeast and headed for Kennedy Space center. Viewed the vapor trail and a few moments the sun glistened off the Space Shuttles exterior.
I can't seem to predict passes over my "qth" Denver,CO. from the home page. The program keeps calculating and then I get "error" on page. This worked fine before "Google" asks for my location and I've given it in many ways with no luck. Something that worked fine no longer work at all.
Bert M. Thompson KB3MHB/0 in Denver,CO. 80212 ,39N,-105W, etc.
Try this tracking site by n2yo. http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701
I've seen the ISS a lot of times too, and sometimes the ISS and a Shuttle flying together, but I never get tired of it. I find fascinating and incredible to think that it really is the ISS and that there are humans living inside. Some times I've been able not only to see it, but to hear its packet transmission on the freq of 145.825 FM at the same time. Night and visual passes are the only ones in which it is possible to see the from where do these transmissions come! I've still not been able to have a voice + visual pass though.
For predicting the passes I mainly use the www.heavens-above.com website, but I also have Orbitron and I find it useful to know in real time where are the ISS or other satellites orbiting :)
Around a year ago I also saw the iss and shuttle going over head. I first saw the iss then two minutes later the space shuttle on it's way to docking with the iss. To make this more interesting I had live footage of the iss from NASA tv on my laptop as it passed over head and even saw the light change into darkness as it went over the horizon. Amazing stuff! I use NASA's own iss sighting page to know when to lookout for it.
40 mi N/W of Minneapolis, MN not too bad to view the night sky, it does make for a little bit more excitment seeing and hearing them only 220 mi ( give or take a few) cruising at 17.5 thousand mph.They frequently spend 2-3 minutes waving at us while they pass to west to east, north or south of the QTH. Still brighter than ever.
I've seen the ISS so many times, I've lost count. My location is Sheridan, Wyoming. The elevation is about 3900 ft. The atmosphere is very clear in this neck of the woods and cloudless skies are many. Most of the time, the ISS is as bright as Jupiter or Venus. There are many youngsters in our neighborhood who get a kick out of me when I shout from my yard; THERE GOES THE ISS!! Our best viewing times are just after sunset. I use both Orbitron and Ham Radio Deluxe for tracking. I also work it often on packet at 145.825 when they have the radios on.
I am from Mumbai - India, I saw ISS 2-3 Months back, it was a clear visible pass in the evening at around 07:30 PM. I was not expecting the ISS to be visible so clearly with naked eyes, but it was very bright.
Now a days its monsoon time in Mumbai, so no clear sky no visible pass. Anybody in this forum from Mumbai who is also following ISS passes? Please let me know.
Since i've seen it for the first time, I can't resist searching it in the sky every morning.
This is very easy over here in southern France as sky is usually very clear.
Moreover, Passes of ISS that are visible start just before sunrise since beginning of Feb 2011, thus ISS is really highlighted by the sun in the sky that is still dark. I think for a beginner this is the best time to find it.
I have seen the ISS visual many times during passes over my house at Alphen aan den Rijn in The Netherlands.
A couple of months ago I made this photo with my Canon EOS 50D and my Canon 100-400mm L IS USM lens at 400 mm (free hand, no tripod or something used).
Yes and I have also make a video clip
73s de IW0fko Enzo
I was waiting for ISS to appear overhead to use cross-band repeat standing in my driveway with my Kenwood TH77a dual band ht and Arrow handheld antenna. Not only did I work quite a few stations I was able to follow the ISS as it came overhead because I could see it. What a thrill that was!
Must be grasping straws for content, this thread was started in 02?
73 de KG6POM CM98
Frank Cassella, KB1IFX
Since the ISS has been in orbit, I have taught my wife Emily whom I have been married to for almost 20 years treked out into our back yard or the local high school soccer field to view the ISS as it passes over for optical viewing.
There are many programs out there that are great however the one we like the most is the ORBITRON 3.71 program. I run this program continuously on several computers that I have 24/7. When the sun angle is right we usually early evening or early morning we go out to see who spots the ISS first. She is pretty good at dead-reckoning the basic azimuth direction and altitude from the horizon I get from the ORBITRONs Prediction set up. It's pretty neat when you tell your neighbors or friends that that bright object in the sky is not an airplane (no blinking nav lights) and traveling at 17,500 mph is the Space Station or the Shuttle. We often watch NASA TV and when the time is correct and if you are lucky you can observe your location from the International Space Station. We live in the New York, Connecticut area so if the clouds are free what a spectacular viewing opportunity from the Space Stations point of view of the local area here is pretty neat.
We are fortunate in Tasmania, especially at an altitude of just over a thousand feet ASL, we see it regularly. Even though it only appears at about 3-4 times larger than the brightest star, it is still an awesome sight, as it speeds from horizon to horizon.
I use Satscape, a free program that predicts passes pretty accurately. What I have found though, is that the ISS is easier to access on a pass, once it has passed overhead, at whatever azimuth, or whatever height above the horizon. Are the antennas at the back of the station ? Be interesting to confirm where they are located.
All good fun, even for the beginner. I hope they leave it on cross repeater mode for a while, as it always attracts a lot of activity. there are those unfortunately down here in Oz that hog it a lot, but I suppose that happens everywhere.
Get in there and have a go, always good value
Yes, the antennas are located on the aft end of the service module. Specific info on them is located at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/antennas.html
Kenneth - N5VHO
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Is the ORBITRON 3/71 program still the best for predicting and locating the ISS?
Do you have any other suggestions for a new Ham wanting to share this with her children?
I never had any issues with this satellite tracker>>> N2YO.com.<<<
Hi Colleen, Ron here...I've always used Orbitron for tracking sats. Do not even try to use the tracking on this site ! If you, (once a week...or so ) update the "KEPS" with Orbitron (online)...you will have great success at communicating and or viewing of the space station and other sats / stars (local WX permitting) .
LAST NIGTH VERY CLEAR OVER VALDIVIA CHILE
While satellite viewing is one of my favorite passtimes, I have rarely spotted the ISS. Over the last couple of years I have seem it just twice from my vantage point in SE Wisconsin. Both were early evening passes -- very brilliant, with a long viewing window. Last time was the most memorable, with the ISS out in front and the undocked shuttle trailing behind.
Early morning passes are visible over much of the Northern Hemisphere this week.
Actually I intend to observe star before sun set. It is faster than speed of plane. I saw it around 1 minute before it went to eastern.
I first saw the ISS docked with the Discovery several months ago after the pass time and info had been advertised on a local radio station. Then, while working at Glen Canyon Dam, Page, AZ and camping at Lake Powell in late September 2006, I saw the ISS/ Discovery pass directly overhead, and before dissapearing over the horizon, pass into earths shadow.
There was a dark sky with no moon and the sighting was spectacular. The next night it passed farther to the north. No radio contact was made.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones,
Dave Brighton/ KD7GIM
Yes, since 2001, too many times to count! I just use the NASA sightings page for Melbourne.
I so it to many times... Since 2000 when I discovered the NASA site. ThereÂ´s another site that brings with more facility the information. ItÂ´s www.heavens-above.com. A lot of information you can get in it. IÂ´m in Brazil and we always have good weather to see it.
yes just a few minutes ago!!! right above my house ( after sun set central time ) like a super bright head light i had to drag my wife and son ( 3) out side to see it. Ive also seen it several times in the sky in the past 3-4 years
I captured this video of ISS with my Lx200 telescope on 5/12/06 as it passed over my apartment. Click here to view the movie. I'll be posting more ISS video passes in the future as they happen on Http://myspace.com/astropics.
This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Have seen it with the naked eye but this is way cool!
yes, I have seen ISS Tree times.It was a great spectacle.
Not only have I seen the ISS as it passed overhead but was able to talk to others while it was passing over! This is when the ISS was in crossband repeat mode. I could see it very bright so pointing the antenna at it was quite easy and talked to a few people as this was happening, it was the coolest thing I've ever done, besides talking to Bill a few months ago.
John - KG6POM
The ISS has passed over my QTH twice in the past week and was very bright. I could also hear the packet transmissions with my Yaesu FT-50 hand-held. Quite an impressive event !
My radio group (Panther Lake Radio Amateurs) saw the Iss pass directly overhead last year on *Field-Day* It was awesome.....it almost seemed surreal. My very first thougt was....."man...there are people on that thing". I was able to work them via packet on that pass.....The following weekend...we were able to watch the ISS from our dock . It moved right to left....and at one point it was almost like someone shut off the light shining on the space station.....If you've never seen it......I highly recommend doing some legwork (dates and times of visable passes) and go get yourself an amazing thrill.... you will not be sorry.
See you on Packet Via I.S.S.
Yes, saw it 5 minutes ago over central germany. it was very bright and no clouds at the sky! Saw it perfectly.
Patrick / DO2NPG
Yes indeed it was visible I also saw it this eveing.
I took a few 30-second delay photos of the station from here in Seattle, WA, USA.
I found this to be fairly easy to do with simply a digital camera on a tripod. The space station is always a beautiful sight.
I saw the ISS for the first time today. It is very bright! I wasn't expecting to see it through the broken clouds but there it was, right where the tracker had predicted!
73 Zach KE7EYQ
The first time I saw the ISS I was camping at about 8500 feet with a bunch of astonomers who pointed it out. Very Cool in the higher altitudes.
ISS passed over just after sundown and we could see it quite nicely from Long Beach last week.
I just found this group and am interested in astronomy and studying for my FCC license. Looking forward to chatting with you.
Long Beach, CA
ISS is much more visible than was MIR.
First time I saw It I was riding a motorcycle in the middle of a well illuminated city.
While waiting under a red light, I saw it passing in the sky.
It was unbelievable... It was so bright that I first tought It could not be ISS so I called Claudio (ik1sld) right away over the cellphone. He was watching it too!
can´t wait to see it myself.
This summer I was with my wife in Argentina and we had possibility to talk with Valery while I was pointing by hand my Arrow antenna (3 elements) directly to the lightly point in the sky (ISS).
It was the first time with the Space Station. I had this possibility several years ago with MIR.
But this time I was using a TH-D7 with only 2.5 watts power output.
I have been waching ISS for aprox.3+ yrs. Since it strated as a small spec in the evening heavens until Oct 8, 02 and aprox 2150utc when ISS came into sight. Shotly thereafter STS-112 came into sight. The station commander was on with Miles, WF1F and talking about the change in the packet freq. The scouts were impressed (getting ready for JOTA) in the sighting as well as the radio chatter that was going on.