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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. This is the fullest (and smallest) I've ever captured the planet. Thought I may as well share it.
  7. 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
  8. Taken from my home in Tenerife on morning 8 Oct
  9. 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.
  10. Gibbous Venus over London. Venus is looking particularly bright at the moment as it is out of the glare of the Sun at this point in its cycle and, unusually for Venus, over the next few months will be visible in the late night sky. This is my second attempt at capturing Venus as usually it isn't visible when I'm out with my scope. The first attempt I made, last year, was completely over exposed and looked terrible so I'm quite pleased with this.
  11. An image of gibbous Venus (about 75% illuminated). Taken in Regents Park, London on April 9th 2015. Processed in PIPP and Registax.
  12. Been slacking recently, missed a few clear nights so last night decided to get the 102 refractor out for a spin at the planets, I had seen Venus shining brightly in the West after sunset and wanted to get a glimpse before it disappeared. Although the view over the houses was a bit shimmery with the turbulence, it was relatively easy to focus to a sharp outline showing perhaps a 2/3 phase, with a hint of shimmering colour in amongst the white of the disc. I used my Pentax XW 3.5mm, perhaps its finest hour so far, with a moon filter to cut out some of the glare which worked very well, still nice and bright. As Venus set behind a tree and roof tops I switched positions to observe Jupiter, and was quite pleasantly surprised at how steady the image was, being high up in the sky it was nothing like the shimmering view of Venus, more like a photograph, despite being directly over the majority of roof tops in the area. Best viewing was definitely in the Celestron X-Cel LX 5mm, the Pentax was just that bit dimmer and showed some artifacts / fuzziness. Of Jupiter, I could make out two clear bands with some detail along their edges, with one or two fainter bands visible top and bottom; three moons in a line complimented this brilliant view, the best I have experienced of Jupiter so far. Shortly after 10pm some patchy clouds began to roll across the sky and a heavy dew began to fall, there was nothing I could do as everything began to fog up so called it a night.
  13. After heading up to the highest point around I managed to spot all three tonight in a lovely triangle. Massive bank of cloud low down. Venus popped into view closely followed by Jupiter, then a lucky break between the cloud bank and all three. Canon 30D, Helios 135mm f2.8 stopped to f4. ISO 100 at 1/8s Thanks Jamie
  14. Lovely dawn this morning. Full Resolution image, with "mouseover" label option, at: http://astunit.com/tonkinsastro/planets/20121211_planets.htm
  15. I was in Svalbard for the transit of Venus, filming with the Sky at Night team on the island of Spitsbergen. We had a few cloud issues at the start of the event but there were plenty of holes during and clear skies at the end of the transit. Here's a full white light disc...
  16. Here is a quick picture of the Venus transit from the San Francisco Bay Area. I did a short video with my Canon 1D MarkIII on my Celestron SP-C6 scope and stackd it in Registax.
  17. im going to be watching it with this as the weather for me looks too bad www.slooh.com its started 10 minuits ago, and they have loads of live feeds from all over the world!
  18. Vicky050373

    Venus 29.05.2015

    From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Taken using my 80mm refractor and Imaging Source DMK21AU04.AS monochrome CCD

    © Vicky050373

  19. pixelsaurus

    Transit Of Venus

    From the album: Pix pix

    One of 2 times Venus peeked through the clag. Unfiltered Pentax FAJ 75-300mm @ 300mm, F/40, Pentax *ist DS, ISO 200, EV -2.

    © Mike Nicholson 2012

  20. Just me and my son on the seafront at Seaview in the Isle Of Wight, the sun just cleared a layer of cloud at 7:20, and we watched the remainder of the transit before the next layer of cloud came in. An unforgettable experience. This is taken using a compact camera and a solarscope (http://www.solarscope.org/),
  21. After over two weeks of rain and cloud, I finally get a clear night, and I take full advantage of it! As some of you know, I've been chasing after details on Venus for quite a while now, but I've been shy about shelling out the big bucks to get the necessary filters. Ca-K and UV filters can get pricey, so I chose to be creative and try imaging Venus with my Meade Series 4000 Variable Polarizing Filter to cut some of the glare. In the past, I've been able to see some evidence of detail visually with the filter, but I was never 100% sure of whether what I was seeing was wishful thinking (or "seeing") or actual cloud features. Last evening answered my questions - the filter DOES allow you to see detail on Venus, through a 127mm Mak, even at mags approaching 170X. I could easily see detail near the central region of the onion planet from my 25mm EP right down to my 9mm. And what's more, I was able to image using the filter, pulling out amazing detail with processing in Registax 6 using video shot on my Orion Deep Space Cam II (the analog version)! Here is the result: I was floored at the result! ??? NEW IMAGE, ADDED 3 June: Here is another image from the same video, processed in Registax 6 to bring out darker features Cheers, Reggie
  22. From the Malvern Ridge near Black Hill this morning. These are with 100-400L on Canon 7D. Had no luck closer in with the camera attached to an ETX90 tube. Too low / distorted for any Jupiter detail, but can just make out a couple of satellites here.
  23. Finally got a decent view of Venus and Jupiter last night. Yesterday evening was a beautiful end to the day in "darkish" Bedfordshire. Nothing complicated about the images, just the Canon 450 on a tripod. Venus was a fairly easy spot around 8:15 around 5 degrees above the horizon and 20 degrees to the left of where the sun had set. This was taken later once Venus and Jupiter had cleared the cloud bank above. This would have been a straight forward capture if it wasn't for the incredible amount of air traffic, one of my images had 7 aircraft in the field of view! I could hear and see an owl flying around the harvested field in front of me, I was hoping it might perch on one of those branches It was a great night to be out with so many classic sights, that photos really can not do justice to. There was a combine still working away when I left at 10:30, the dust that was slowly drifting though dips in the hills did look very atmospheric.
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