The Chandrayaan-3: a image and time-lapse: 15 & 17 July 2023
We managed to capture the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft again and also create a time-lapse from our first night data.
The image above comes from a single 180-second exposure, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project in Manciano, Italy. The telescope tracked the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, so stars are leaving very long trails. This time we only see the spacecraft: likely, the booster is either on a different position or faint at the imaging time. There is also another satellite trail in the image.
Chandrayaan-3 was at about 41.000 km from the telescopes while we were imaging it.
On 15 of July, during our first observing session, we also collected a few frames to create a time-lapse, here it is the resulting video:
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