Fall 07 Animation Winner

M11 w/4 Geosynchronous Satellites

animation of geosynchronous satellites
© Elizabeth W.

date: 2 Sep 2007
location: Alexandria, VA
film: digital (ISO 800)
exposure: 2x25 sec + 12X30 sec each
camera setup: Canon 20Da
telescope setup: Astro-Physics 152mm f/9

comments: combined in layers in Photoshop and animated in ImageReady

Was imaging M11 when I saw what I though was a meteor (first two frames). When it showed up in the second frame but shifted, I realized it was a geosynchronous satellite. I stopped the tracking, recentered and took several shots of the stars moving past the satellites!