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  1. From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Shot of 4-planet conjonction of october 2015, visible only between 6:00 and 7:00 CET just before sunrise. Discovered only afterwards that the stabilisation of the camera was active, producing visible trails. Unfortunately weather of the following days didn't allow another try shot. Capture: 19 x 1/4s x 1600iso, no darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 50mm/1.8 at 2.8 on fixed tripod.
  2. Michael1971


    From the album: Planetary

    © MichaelB

  3. A movie I've put together using the SDO AIA 304 feed on the www.helioviewer.org website. The version on youtube is better quality and there is a very nice flare at the start of the video
  4. As it was a nice sunny day I tried a little WL solar viewing, but as it was just like looking like a ginormous white snooker ball, I decided to switch to Venus (with the help of my trusty goto mount). After looking at it visually with my C8 SCT, I decided to have a go at imaging it. The below image is the best result I got out of 3,000 images with my ZWO ASI120 mc, with a light blue filter fitted (not that you'd notice with the colour of Venus). Seeing was pants, but the image came out much better than expected. Used Registax, then PS to crop & alter curves a little. Flipped image for correct orientation.
  5. Another image of the Moon, Venus & Spica yesterday morning. Pentax K5 / PENTAX-DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL [IF] lens @24mm / f9 / iso 1600 / 5 sec exp.
  6. Aided by GoTo, I observed Venus in daylight this afternoon. It is only a few days from inferior conjunction (26th) and appears as a large thin crescent. It's in an unfavorable position for Northern nocturnal observers and appeared almost below the Sun. I could not see Mercury (which should have been accessible). And before you comment, I checked carefully where the 127mm Mak was pointing before putting my eye to the eyepiece.?
  7. At around 14.35 GMT today I observed Venus, Mercury and Jupiter, with my 127mm Mak SLT GoTo. Venus was a large, very thin crescent, trembly in poor seeing. Mercury was easy to see once I got my eye in, and Jupiter was easier to pick out with a red filter. Mercury and Jupiter are now not far apart. (7min RA 3 deg Dec.) The visibility of Mercury seems dependent on atmospheric clarity. On several days recently I looked for it but could not see it.
  8. Hello Venus is still growing, but her clouds have become very subtle. No more details to see on it. So two images taken with the usual turbu while it was still day and a bad collim because too much light to see the return of the laser. A UV where we guess some areas and an IR one can guess nothing. On the other hand, we can see the crescent shape. Clear skies. Luc CATHALA
  9. I took the capture for this on the 9th March in twilight about 6pm. Unfortunately for me Venus now dives behind my neighbour's house so this is the thinnest crescent I am likely to see. It was pretty much in her gutter by the time the clouds moved enough for a capture. It represents a 8.9% illuminated disc and a size of 53.2 arc seconds. For this I used my C9.25", the ASI290MC and a 2x powermate. So that is 0.13" p/p at f/20. Around 1000 frames were stacked in AS!2. Just shows us how close to Earth Venus is currently. I'm looking forward to seeing images of the inferior conjunction for those lucky enough to have the vista to accommodate it.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Here is my last imaging attempt of Venus before it disappears into the sunset: Low altitude atmospheric turbulence be darned! Reggie
  17. 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.
  18. 31.7 arcseconds at 35.4% phase, taken at a little over 20 degrees alt. Also submitting some Canon EOS shots.
  19. From the album: My Astro Pics

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

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  20. From the album: My Astro Pics

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

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  21. 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

  22. 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!


  23. 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
  24. 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
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