Thursday, August 25, 2016

End of August 2016 : a sky full of planetary conjunctions

Wednesday 24 of August 2016 finally the sky cleared up.
I used the opportunity to take a few pics of two planetary conjunctions.
The gear used consisted of an improved DIY tripod and the Nikon Coolpix S3300 compact camera.


The very good all-metal head of a Velbon photo tripod was combined with the legs of  a 60mm refractor tripod. 


The first observed planetary conjunction was actually a progress toward a planetary conjunction of Venus and Jupiter,happening on the Western sky.
This was hard to follow and take pics because Venus and Jupiter were lost in the bright crepuscular glow of the setting Sun.
To locate the two planets I used my trusty  Fujinon 7x50mm WPC-XL binocular.Actually my binocular just was of that type. Since quite a while it was modified and the compass was removed as being redundant for somebody sailing only his own front yard.

Fujinon 7x50mm ex WPC-XL binocular.Once the compass removed ,  the field is identical  in both oculars.Very good!

Venus-Jupiter ''in progress'' conjunction ,on 24 August 2016.
Venus is to the right of the distant tree , Jupiter is to the left  and above the same tree.

Venus and Jupiter 24 August 2016 

Venus and Jupiter ,in a picture with a ghetto flavour.The pictures were taken over the fence of  the open-air store of a local company , hence the barbed wire .

At South-South West ,at the same time , it was visible the conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares , ''the heart of Scorpion''.

                                                                                 
Conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares on 24 August 2016

Conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares of August 24 , a closer look.

Labeled picture of S-M-A conjunction


Another picture of the S-M-A conjunction , please notice the redish  hue of Mars and Antares 

Saturn is keeping his silver-gray color.

To the left of Antares we see Alniyat T Sco , a 2.8 mv star.

Update Friday 26 of August 2016:

Today I used the modified photo tripod for taking the pics of the planets Venus and Jupiter which are getting closer and closer.
The altitude of the two planets is about the same on the Western sky with Jupiter a litle higher.
However they are low and  like on 24 of August , the two planets were seen in the strong glow of the setting Sun.
I noticed first Venus in the Fujinon 7x50mm binocular and latter also Jupiter.
The distance between this two sky wanderers was one sixth of the visual field of the binocular so about 1 degree and 10 minutes.

Jupiter was very hard to record due to the bright sky background.
Visualy I saw only Venus with the naked eyes until the end of the session of about  only half an hour long.
To highlight Jupiter in the first pics I had to do a lot of processing on the PC.

                                                                      

At start only Venus was visible.


                                                                            

Venus at the center -right and Jupiter at center-left , next to the ''r''font  of his name label.

                                                                     

Another picture with ''ghetto'' flavor  of Venus and Jupiter heading toward  the conjunction
of 27 of August.The apparent distance here it is of   about 1 deg 10 minutes.


Toward the end of the observation , both planets were much easier recorded by the tiny lens of the Coolpix S 3300 camera.
Unfortunately this last pictures have again the ghetto flavour because the setting planets were visible only through the fence of the neighbor company.


                                                                          

The last picture taken Friday 25 of August : Venus and Jupiter in improved visibility.
But allas , they are setting !


                                                                             




                                                                             












Thursday, August 18, 2016

Poze afocale /afocal pics through Newtonian 125mm telescope @ 35x

On 14 of June I took  some afocal pics using my DIY adaptor.
The used telescope was my workhorse Newtonian of 125mm aperture at f/7.
The power used was 35x obtained with a Sirius 25mm Plossl eyepiece.
The camera was the compact Nikon Coolpix S3300 camera.












16-17 Dra




Albireo Cyg




Alcor-Mizar  UMa,manipulated , zoom 150x



WDS 20060+3547 SHJ 314AF and WDS 20060+3546 SHJ 315AD  Cyg





Epsilon 1-2 Lyrae



Niu Dra




Omicron 1-2 Cyg





OSigma 525 Lyr




Sheliak Beta Lyr





Sigma 2470-Sigma 2474 Lyr





Sigma 2816-Sigma 2819 Cep








Vega Lyr







Zeta Lyr







Cr 399 ''Coathanger'' open star cluster 







Mel 111 open star cluster








Messier 39 open star cluster






Messier 29 open star cluster


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Belt of Venus and Crepuscular Rays on 31 May 2016

While  riding back home on the A1 motorway on Tuesday the 31-th of May , I witnessed the so-called phenomenon of ''the Belt of Venus '' and some crepuscular rays.


                                              The Belt of Venus






The crepuscular rays 





The pics were taken with the camera of my Allview A5 phone.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mercury Tranzit After- Party: Crespuscular Rays and a young New Moon Crescent

On 9 of May , the Nature  was celebrating the tranzit of Mercury  with gorgeous crepuscular rays and a thin 1.64 days (or 39 hours )  old  Moon crescent.
The Moon crescent was hardly but still visible in the day light.

First , let see some crepuscular rays.
















And now the 1.64 days or 39 hrs old  Moon crescent.


The Moon crescent is visible above the stray cloud located above the ''is'' word.




Here the crescent was recorded at the level of the highest leaves and the heighest cloud.


And least but not last ,the manipulated pics of this young Moon Crescent , just to show it better.