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More Action in the Southwestern Sky!

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Dec 1, 2019.

More Action in the Southwestern Sky!

Started by Orion25 on Dec 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Here are some images I took tonight of the spectacular Moon, Saturn , Venus & Jupiter apparition on the lake:
    ASTRONOMY - MOON - WAXING CRESCENT, SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER 12-01-19 A CAPTION.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - MOON - WAXING CRESCENT, SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER 12-01-19 A.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS 12-01-19 A CAPTION.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS 12-01-19 A.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS 12-01-19 B.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - SATURN, VENUS & JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS 12-01-19 C.jpg
    Clear skies!
    Reggie :D
     
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    Reggie,

    I really like the next to last image. It's a beautiful nightscape with lots of detail.

    Just as a suggestion, the first two images show a house on the left hand side. A closer shot of the house, framed and exposed similarly to your next to last image, might make for another great nightscape.

    Ed
     
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    Great photo's Reggie. I saw Venus setting a couple of evenings ago. It's really bright at the moment.
     
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    Thanks, Ed. That's a nice idea. I'll have to try that :)
     
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    Thanks, Mak. Venus is going to climb higher and higher over the next several months - great viewing and photo opportunities! Also, I read in Astronomy magazine that Sirius B (the Pup) is more easily visible now as its orbit has placed it near its farthest distance from Sirius A.
     
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    A higher Venus can't be bad. I had a look for the Pup a few nights ago. It was with my ST102 though and I don't think it has the quality at high magnifications. I wonder if it can be seen in a 102mm Mak?
     
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    I'm going to try with my 127mm Mak this weekend and report the results ;)
     
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    Good luck. A 127mm Mak should do it.
     
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    I bagged them. It was easier than I thought after reading this blog: https://florin.myip.org/blog/how-see-sirius-b
    The assumption is that you will need to start with at least a 150mm aperture scope (but I was able to with 127mm), and specific suggestions are made for magnification based on aperture (e.g. 300x for 150mm, 400x for 200mm, etc.); I made my sighting with a 6mm Orion Expanse EP giving me about 256x with 1540mm focal length. If you can split Rigel A-B and Sirius is high enough above the horizon to avoid the turbulence, you have a good shot.
     
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    That's brilliant Reggie. Congratulations. I've been reliably informed a decent 102mm refractor should do it.

    UGsvTLe.jpg

    So I may have a chance with either of these.

    aOWr1Zo.jpg

    Sirius can get high enough for me I think. I saw the Winter Albireo the other night, so I should be OK.



    Now celebrate with some euphoric Old Skool Rave!
     
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    Thanks. Nice music selection there; I'm ravin'! LOL. I examining some exposures to see if I captured the little pup. It was quite tricky as you can imagine with such a dramatic difference in brightness. Go for it, Mak! Let me know how you fare :)
     
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    Yeah, there's nothing like a bit of Old Skool Rave to celebrate seeing the Pup. I might be able to use my 150mm Newtonian. It all depends on the weather though and pretty soon I'll have to disassemble the EQ5 for the winter. So I'm figuring it will be the Mak. I was thinking about the glare from Sirius and using a diagonal. I have a Baader Zeiss Amici, and although it's very high quality I was wondering about seeing the prism roof diffraction spike with Sirius. So I've ordered this:

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/diagonals/takahashi-125-diagonal.html

    Looks like it will do the trick as it is a *bog-standard prism. No helical focuser but I reckon I can live without one for a bit lol. I'll keep you posted if I get a chance and break in the weather.



    It was years before I discovered that the lyrics in this were sampled from Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness by Janet Jackson.

    *Bog-standard: British slang meaning 'normal' or 'regular'.
     
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