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  1. I went out this evening to image Venus, I'm just after starting planetary imaging and I want to get as much Venus images as I can before it gets too low in the sky. I recorded a 1500 frame video of Venus and I stacked and processed the image in Registax 6.1. I was surprised by my image and I'm glad it turned out alright, definitely my best Venus image so far. Tell me what you think! I would love to hear your opinions, and most importantly how I can improve. Thanks and clear skies! Adam
  2. Not been around the forum for a while, but have been keeping my head tilting back. I flew back from fuertevenura yesterday and at 710pm I was over Exeter, northbound to Manchester. I opened the blind and was amazed at the dusk view and was equally amazed at being able to see the curvature of the Earth.... Even if it was ever so slightly. I took a photo with my Nexus 6P, thinking "cool... I got a star in on the deal." I've just loaded up stallarium and wound back, faced West and boom, I've only gone and captured Venus.... Cheeky little minx.... Or at least I'm sure I have done, I think it's brighter than Mars at this time? Took a good few shots to get the, then thought, star as clear as possible. So anyway, here is my original photo with the annoying, unavoidable reflections from the cabin window. And then there's the same photo with the assistance of some light adjustments on the same phone. Please remember, I was capturing a nice view more so then trying to astrophotographise How pretty though? Edit: added stallarium view too.
  3. I upgraded me telescope before I'd even really used the first one,tonight I gave the kid across my street my celestron power seeker 114 eq in the hopes he would get some joy out of it (he was literally over the moon) went back over to align his red dot finder and show him the basics on how to use it.... first observation was the moon... Beautiful as always!!!! then lightly lower to the right and BANG!!!!!! Venus and one of its moons (don't know how many it has?) Venus was a glowing blob with a moon to its right which I thought was truly amazing! venus was pea size and it's moon was the size of a silicone ball you get in a packet with new shoes we used a 20mm EP which gave x45 and we then used a x3 Barlow lense.... the young boy was amazed (I think he's a astronomer for life) and this being my first time actually viewing a planet has gave me 1000 times more enthusiasm!!!! unfortunatly I couldn't stay out long as I need to take old toys and stuff to the loft :-( but tomorrow armed with my new scope I shal be observing the moon and the three planets around it with more time for my eyes to adjust and more time to appreciate the amazing beauty of them nathan
  4. Hi All, I had another go at imaging Venus through the 14" dob. This time I spotted Venus when the sky was still quite bright and Venus was quite high in the sky. Before imaging I had a look at it through the eye piece and what I saw was amazing, even upto 471X it was crisp and massive in the FOV with a hint of shading near the terminator. I tried it using a 2X powermate and the X-Cel 5mm eyepiece, delivering 660X. The view was only just marginally softer than when using the 7mm LV, so I was quite happy with that, but visibly the disc was only slight larger at 660X vs 471X, so I preferred to view it through the 7mm & 2X PM combo. I imaged Venus through a 3X TV Barlow and the IS DMK618 through the Astrodon UV, Baader IRPass 685nm and a Neodymium/Green filter combo, later combining the stacked videos as RGB (IR NdG UV). I attached the color as well as the UV stacked frame. Thanks for looking. Mariusz
  5. The Moon joins the planets for this evenings showdown through a halo of river mist. Planets Mars & distant Neptune at upper left with Venus at lower right below the Moon. Pentax K5 Pentax 75mm lens @ f11 Exp 15 secs tracking iso 800 Moon & planets in evening mist halo 2nd Jan 2017 by Mike Dickson, on Flickr
  6. What a nice way to wake! The other morning I got up at dawn to capture this peaceful pairing of the waning crescent moon and Venus. The only music you hear are the beautiful sounds of Nature. Enjoy, Reggie
  7. Here is my last imaging attempt of Venus before it disappears into the sunset: Low altitude atmospheric turbulence be darned! Reggie
  8. Woke up early this morning and thought i'd try to capture the 3 planets before the Sun joined the party, probably be cloudy tomorrow Should have got there earlier but it was a Sunday lol Was very very cold icy car, numb fingers and toes Spica is visible top right as well.
  9. 31.7 arcseconds at 35.4% phase, taken at a little over 20 degrees alt. Also submitting some Canon EOS shots.
  10. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  11. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  12. Dan Watts

    Moon with Venus

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  13. orion25

    VENUS TRANSIT 6 05 12

    From the album: Starchasing

    Didn't know I captured this until I got back home and looked at all of my images! Wow!


  14. Here is a single two-second exposure of the close conjunction of Venus (the brighter object on the left) and Uranus (the fainter, bluish-green object to the right) at ISO 1600. It is a prime focus image taken through my 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope about an hour after sunset. A striking pair visible in a telescopic view! Reggie
  15. Here are some more images I took of the Venus/Uranus conjunction in addition to the one already posted. And to think, I was wondering what that pesky star was above Venus! Reggie
  16. When I left my house for going to work on October 18, I saw the thin moon crescent close to Venus. It took me about five minutes to collect my equipment (tripod, Canon 5D MKII, 100-400mm zoom lens), so I could take pictures. Thin high clouds illuminated by the rising sun added to the scene.
  17. Jupiter’s only going to be at an altitude of 8° & it’s bound to be cloudy but I’m definitely going to check. With my 10” Dob, paracorr & canon I should be able to get the following fov. I’ll have a go with it on my EQ platform. Not the best imaging rig but worth a go ? If I use a powermate as well it’s as follows Anyone else going to try for this and what with?
  18. Hi All, After imaging Venus last evening, when it became visible it was already low in the west less than 30 minutes from it setting behind the mountains. Being so low in the west and the amount of turbulence/heat shimmer I was fighting when imaging, I think that I might not image Venus this season again, so I'm sharing my collection of Venus phases I captured between 1st December 2016 and 20th February 2017. Thanks for looking, Mariusz
  19. Hello everyone, Hope you all had a great Christmas. I was looking at some Venus Orbiter UV photos (I think also known as Pioneer 12??) from 1978. The thing bothering me, or I'm curious about is that looking at my image cloud pattern compared to the Orbiter images, the cloud structure or shape looks very similar. How could that be, surely the cloud pattern would have changed in the time from 1978 to 2016!! My explanation is that the equatorial region spins faster then the pole and tend to generate a similar pattern regardless how long apart we're observing or imaging the planet. Option 2: A conspiracy, Venus is just a projection and we're not meant to see the cloud structure so the gummement didn't bother updating the "atmosphere", HAHA OK that one was a joke, but does anyone have another explanation? Attached is a image with my pic on the top and the two Orbiter photos I found online with the dark side painted over. Clear Skies, MG
  20. Hi all, Last evening I decided to try and image Venus using the new scope. I rarely used the Astrodon UVenus filter in my C8 since I barely go a 50% histogram through it at 2032mm with max gain!! I guess the reason would be due to the corrector plate blocking a lot of the UV spectrum. There was a thin cloud cover but I was already setup and imaged Venus regardless through the 3X TV Barlow using the DMK21au618, 2500 frames each through the UVenus, Neodymium and IRPass685 filters, stacked best 20% and combined IR Nd UV as RGB. UV was a lot brighter than in C8, but I still had to up the gain. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do it again, but this time through a clear sky and get more cloud detail in the UV wavelength. Clear skies, Mariusz
  21. This is the fullest (and smallest) I've ever captured the planet. Thought I may as well share it.
  22. A couple of shots from this morning showing Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury all lined up. Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury by 1CM69, on Flickr Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury by 1CM69, on Flickr
  23. Taken from my home in Tenerife on morning 8 Oct
  24. Venus about 12% illuminated. What amazes me is that even with such a thin crescent showing it's still the brightest object in the night (well, early morning) sky after the full moon. Taken in Ortigia, Siracusa in Sicily 5th September 2015. 10,000 frames processed in PIPP, AutoStakkert, Registax and Photoshop.
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