On Friday 17/01/19 at 8:19am, our Terry Hills observation site is basically smack bang centre of an ISS solar transit. I've been wanting to try a solar or lunar transit for a while so fingers crossed. I'm yet to decide (or check with work) if I'll stay near home at Dee Why, or head up to Terry Hills for a close centre pass.
If I'm able to convince work that I can start late, that the bush fire smoke is gone, there are no clouds and that no ducks fart in Europe whilst facing West, anybody interested to join in trying to capture something that has a window of 1.44 seconds??
Thanks for this notice, Ramon. I'm interested in trying to photograph this event. I have an 8-inch SCT, solar filter and plan to use a full-frame DSLR. This is what my setup looks like on my camera sensor, taken with my older D700. Entire photo in FX mode, smaller rectangle in DX mode.
I'm not sure how small the ISS will look like in this FOV. But I think it will be more difficult catching the ISS if I increase the magnification. My new Z7 camera's resolution is some 45.7 pixels so hopefully I can enlarge the photo with still enough detail for the shape of the ISS to be recognisable.
The time window to capture the ISS will certainly be a challenge. I can set my camera for hi-speed multiple exposures at about 9fps, but will have to test (1) how long I can hold the shutter button down for before its buffer starts to fill, (2) very short exposure time versus ISO setting, and (3) how many shots during the transit period +- a couple of seconds. Also, I'll need to find out exactly what time the transit will occur up to the second. Sky Safari shows transit will occur shortly after 08:19:18 and end before 08:19:20. Your transit-finder.com shows 8:19:22.13.
I plan to go to Terrey Hills about 6:30 or 7:00 to set up. Hope you can find excuse to go to Terrey Hills and work from home rest of the day. I've already arranged this.
My choice of equipment is limited and I'll be using a SkyWatcher ED80 which has a focal length of 600mm, however I'll be using it with a ZWO ASI385MC which has a small sensor so will hopefully be able to frame it up ok. It's either that or my Nikon D5300 but I really don't know how well that would perform.
Interest: Astrophotography, Dark Matter Black Holes etc Equipment: Celestron 8" Edge HD
Skywatcher Esprit 120mm APO Triplet Refractor
Skywatcher AZ EQ6 Pro mount
ZWO 1600mm pro cooled camera
EFW 5 Band filter wheel
ZWO ASI290MM mini guide camera