Shakeel Anwar’s endurance and ingenuity got here by way of in a collection of pictures he captured of the Worldwide House Station and mixed right into a GIF, successful him the Picture of the Week title for November 27, 2020.
Manually monitoring the ISS from Mississauga, Ontario, Anwar used an Meade 8″ LX90, a 2.5× Tele Vue Powermate, a ZWO ADC and a ZWO ASI224MC color digicam to seize the house station.
“This was probably the most troublesome and most rewarding seize of 2020,” he wrote. “This sequence captures the historic first manned House X mission to the House Station.”
He mentioned the video was processed in Planetary Imaging PreProcessor (PIPP). Frames the place the ISS appeared had been chosen and grouped into discreet body sequences and stacked in AutoStakkert. The tip end result was 15 pictures, that are comprised of between three and 13 frames every. Every picture was then processed in RegiStax adopted by Photoshop. The pictures had been then recombined into an animated GIF.
“The ultimate animated GIF gives the look of a viewer floating in house because the ISS glides by,” Anwar wrote. “The SpaceX Endeavour spacecraft is definitely seen together with the Canadarm2, which was parked in an L-shaped configuration to the correct of Endeavour.”
“That complete set of pictures — he’s completed numerous work there,” commented one decide.
“Anyone who can hold an extended focal size telescope pointed on the ISS for a very long time deserves a Nobel or one thing,” mentioned one other.
Our runner up this week is a picture of a “northern Moai” snow sculpture and the night time sky scene behind it by Warren Finlay.
Capturing from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Finlay mentioned he made the sculpture from snow dumped throughout a storm, then captured this shot the subsequent night time, November 14, 2020.
He mentioned he shot the picture with a Canon 6D, a 14mm lens at f/1.4. The publicity was 30 seconds.
Prizes for the 2020-21 SkyNews Picture of the Week contest are sponsored by Sky-Watcher, Celestron, iOptron and The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Click on right here for extra particulars on the prize packages that shall be awarded to the most effective pictures this 12 months.