Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

So a Dragon just launched, heading to the ISS. Luckily for us in the UK, we're in a period of bright ISS passes - and that means we were able to see Dragon and its Falcon second stage pass over the UK shortly after lift-off. Not only that but the solar panel shrouds had just been released as Dragon came over, so there not one, not two but four bright objects in a tight cluster.

Putney is not the best place in the world for astronomical photography, but I figured it was worth a try. So I went up on the roof with my DSLR and a 300mm lens manually focused on infinity. Sadly there was a lot of atmospheric lensing, it having been the hottest day of the year so far here in London - so I wasn't able to take any good photos. With a bit of Lightroom processing, here's my best shot:

Dragon Over London

The two fainter dots above and below the capsule and booster pair are the solar panel covers.

Low Earth Orbit and Putney, London
April 2015
Tags: dragon, falcon, london, photography, spacex

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