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I just saw the ISS *and* the Dragon!

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#1 Saint Aardvark

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

Well, whaddaya know -- a clearish morning and I got to see the ISS, preceded by the SpaceX Dragon! Apparently it was released at 3:56am PDT, and at 6:06am PDT they were due to fly over. There were some light, patchy clouds but I could still see the ISS poking through...and then once it got a bit higher, I realized I could see the Dragon in front of it, dimmer but still very visible! The Dragon faded out not too long after it reached its highest point, but the ISS was visible nearly to the eastern horizon. It was wonderful to see it seem to fade into twilight. What a wonderful way to start the day! :rockon:

#2 RobertED

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:40 AM

Very cool!! :waytogo:

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:14 AM

Awesome!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

Wow! Nice catch! I've seen the ISS fly over, and each time it's such a thrill to be able to actually see it, knowing a crew is in it; but seeing the Dragon at the same time is awesome!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:36 AM

Nice catch! Did you see the ISS as an "H" shape or just a dot? Depending on the angles you can see some definition with a good set of binoculars or a telescope.

obin :jump:

#6 MessiToM

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:46 PM

Naked eye its always star looking. I've seen "detail" through a 12" scope.

Cool seeing dragon. Makes me miss seeing the shuttles trail or lead the ISS

#7 Saint Aardvark

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

No H shape -- I was just out with my Mark I eyeballs, as the saying goes. :)

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:45 PM

Great catch. During the building of the ISS I twice saw the ISS followed by a shuttle chasing it to match orbits. The first time was just luck and the second time was planned the first evening after a shuttle launch.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:03 PM

I only got to 3 times. The last 3 shuttle missions. I used CalSky






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