Friday, January 6, 2017

Some more observations of December 2016/Alte observatii din Decembrie 2016

All visual observations were made with naked eyes and the Fujinon Mariner 7x50mm WPC-XL binocular.

All pictures were taken  with Nikon  Coolpix S3300 compact camera mounted on modified Velbon tripod.
The observations were suggested by  the weekly articles  ''This Week's Sky at a Glance'' of "Sky&Telescope'' :

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The Moon , Mars and Venus on 5  December 2016.

A Moon Corona on December 8.



Another Moon Corona on December 11.


Planet Venus in the  constellation of Capricornus on December 27.

 Comet 45-P was not visible from my location  on the last day of  December 2016 , just many clouds and  the two days Moon with ashen light.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Moon , Venus , Mars , contrails

Planes flying high receive sunlight when the world bellow is already in darkness.
We see this in the color of the contrails in the dusk of  18 November 2016.

At South West the planet Venus was shining very bright.


Another example of contrail illuminated by the Sun in the dusk on 22 November.

On first of December the sky was cloudy , bad for Astronomy ,good for Atmospheric Optics phaenomena !

The Sun was set and illuminated the bottom of the clouds and only their Western boarder.
It is a strange light that  , cast from downside to upside.

From a distance , like a gray spray  hanging bellow the clouds , it was visible some sort of  rainfall.

Above the Mures River there were two layers of clouds.
The upper cloud layer it was bright white.
It was maybe lit by the Moon ?


Unfortunately , I wasn't able to take pics of the Moon and Venus but just of Venus.

Much further and up on the Southern sky it was shining  the ruddy Mars.

I came back on the 3rd of December when I took pics of the Moon located at about seven degrees to the North of Venus.
The clouds allowed first to take pics of only Venus.

Latter of only the Moon with the ashenlight visible.

At the end ,of both...

Next day , Sunday , on 4 of December I was chassing the trio of Venus , Moon and Mars.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Super Duper Moon and other observations of November 2016

On the night of November 13 I was trying to take pics of the Super Moon rising.
I used my Nikon Coolpix S3300 camera on Velbon photo tripod.
While the Moon was low it was obstructed by distant trees.

Unfortunately ,when the Super Moon get higher , the sky was covered by cirrus clouds.
At least this provided  the show stage for a Moon Corona .

Two days earlier ,on November 10 I was observing the Moon to become better acquinted with her craters and mountains.
I used my ''Teleskop Service'' Maksutov Cassegrain 100 mm F/14 telescope.
Pics taken in afocal mode at 56x / Sirius Plossl 25mm.

Using the Coolpix S3300 camera at 16.5 mm focus and f/ 4.6 or 3.6mm aperture ,I got this picture of ''whole'' Orion constellation.