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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars!

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, May 29, 2022.

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars!

Started by Orion25 on May 29, 2022 at 9:54 AM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Got up again before dawn to capture some shots of the morning planetary action. This time, Jupiter and Mars were intimately close (about 38 arc minutes apart)! The first shot is at prime focus through my 127mm Mak-Cass and the other two are with a 300x zoom lens:

    ASTRONOMY - JUPITER & MARS CONJUNCTION 5-29-22 A SM.jpg

    ASTRONOMY - JUPITER & MARS CONJUNCTION 5-29-22 B SM.jpg

    ASTRONOMY - JUPITER & MARS CONJUNCTION 5-29-22 C SM.jpg

    This is the most astronomy I've ever done during the pre-dawn hours. There is a peacefulness that I cannot describe at that time of morning. It's worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. to experience it (sometimes, lol).

    Clear skies!
    Reggie :D
     
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    Reggie, I like all the images, but especially the first and third. The first I like for the close up detal. The third I like because of the inclusion of the foliage. Thanks for posting them.

    Down here we are under constant assault from mother nature. Yesterday we had a particularly bad storm with lots of lightning and booming, which terrorized my dog and cats. I jumped a few times, too. :eek:

    Ed
     
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    Thanks, Ed. I like getting perspective shots when I can, to add context and interest. I think I'll pause the pre-dawn astronomy for now and sleep in, lol. Yes, you're entering an active weather season. I hope you get some clear skies in between. Hold on!
     
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    I just saw this. Great pictures as usual Reggie. The 127mm rocks! I was super-ready with the super-light, super-fast grab and run super-planetary rig 'Titchy Sixty' configuration:

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    Unfortunately a superabundance of clouds foiled my super-plans. I got eleven sessions so far in May though, basically equalling last May.



    I'm sure NSG would approve.
     
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    Thanks, Dave. I wish you could have seen it. That 'Titchy Sixty' configuration looks brilliant; plan on having some fun with Mars!

    BTW, I think I'm quitting Kim for NSG, she has a better personality and moves!
     
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    You're welcome. I always enjoy your pictures Reggie. The weather should be improving here mid-week and Jupiter and Mars are slowly getting higher.

    titchyL.jpg

    I've been experimenting with lightweight lunar observing combinations. I would probably use one of the Mak's for dedicated Moon viewing. The Titchy Sixty is pretty good for viewing the Moon during a non-lunar session. Usually when the phase is small or when it's fairly low.

    titL2.jpg

    I think you've made the right decision with NSG. I suspect Kim has some form of cyber-infection. I don't want to spread rumours, but I've heard she gets around a bit lol.

     
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