Cookie consent

AstroBin saves small pieces of text information (cookies) on your device in order to deliver better content and for statistical purposes. You can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing AstroBin without changing the browser settings, you grant us permission to store that information on your device.

I agree
Contains:  Extremely wide field
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019, 





    
        

            AC1000
Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019

Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019

Technical card

Resolution: 5184x3456

Dates:May 25, 2019

Frames: 1x2" ISO6400

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 21.09 days

Avg. Moon phase: 61.16%

Astrometry.net job: 2709855

RA center: 16h 51' 34"

DEC center: +32° 51' 50"

Pixel scale: 4.548 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.268 degrees

Field radius: 3.935

Data source: Backyard

Description

When I was focusing my 200 mm tele lens I suddenly recognized a longer chain of fast moving bright lights at the sky in a row, moving from West to East at about 00:55 CEST. Watched this from a region South of Mönchengladbach/Germany. I was able to do 2 quick shots of 2 seconds each with the 200 mm tele + Canon 1300d at ISO 6400 before the lights disappeared quickly.
Diameter of the front lens was reduced to 43 mm by step down rings for test shooting.

After checking the net I think I was watching the launch of 60 satellites of the Starlink project:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite_constellation)

I wonder what this will mean to astrophotography in the future, when thousands of them are in orbits not very high in the sky?

Comments

Author

AC1000
AC1000
License: None (All rights reserved)
5270
Like

Revisions

  • Final
    Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019, 





    
        

            AC1000
    Original
  • Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019, 





    
        

            AC1000
    B

B

another shot a few seconds after the first one, camera was quickly moved to a more eastern direction, but failed to catch the head of the chain

Sky plot

Sky plot

Histogram

Starlink project - 60 satellites in a row - 25 May 2019, 





    
        

            AC1000