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Venus & Jupiter Conjunction March 1, 2023

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Mar 2, 2023.

Venus & Jupiter Conjunction March 1, 2023

Started by Orion25 on Mar 2, 2023 at 4:56 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Providence parted the clouds and allowed me to capture the beautiful Venus/Jupiter conjunction on March 1! I took multiple shots at prime focus and with the camera zoom lens:

    Prime focus, single 1/5s exposure, ISO 3200
    ASTRONOMY - VENUS & JUPITER CONJUNCTION 3-01-23 A SM.jpg

    Prime focus, single one second exposure, ISO 3200
    ASTRONOMY - VENUS & JUPITER CONJUNCTION 3-01-23 B SM.jpg

    Camera zoom lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2s exposure, ISO 3200
    ASTRONOMY - VENUS & JUPITER CONJUNCTION 3-01-23 C SM.jpg

    Camera zoom lens at 55mm, f/5, 1/2s exposure, ISO 3200
    ASTRONOMY - VENUS & JUPITER CONJUNCTION 3-01-23 D SM.jpg
     
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    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Added notes: the first prime focus shot was taken right after sunset, hence, the blue sky. The second prime focus shot, with longer exposure time, shows a darker sky because it was taken after darkness fell.
     
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    I like them all, each with its unique 'flavor'. My favorite is the last image you posted simply because I really like nightscapes.
     
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    Thanks, Ed. I'm a sucker for perspective shots, lol.
     
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    Great shots, as usual, Reggie. I witnessed this myself (with the naked eye). I recall seeing a similar (but in summer) conjunction not long after I'd left the neuro-hospital in Wolverhampton after the initial stroke around 2014. Venus was at virtual half-phase and I saw cloud detail. I could see the GRS on Jupiter and moons.

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    It was the first time since the stroke that I'd set-up the 130 Explorer aka 'the Bazooka'. I managed with just one good arm and a leg lol. The bloody thing seemed huge at the time.

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    Not a bad scope really, wobbly focuser and all! It was the first real reflector I'd ever owned.

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    The mirror is relatively basic, but still pretty decent. I'd only set it up experimentally to see if I could set-up the next day. It was a baking hot June day, and I got sunburned (I must have looked like a redneck lol). So I viewed the loose conjunction anyway that day after I waited for the planets to appear in the twilight. I saw them before the bats came out to feed. Luck was on my side that sweltering June day, as it clouded over the next day, for at least a fortnight. Reverting back to the typical English rainy summer weather.
     
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    Thanks, Dave! Nice looking kit ;)
     
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    Cheers, TBH it's just a basic Synta Newtonian with a concave mirror. I had years of fun with it though. That is, until I had brain damage and decided to spend a fortune on better gear lol. :D
     
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    Cool shots Reggie, very nice, I missed the Conjunction myself. Both were pretty close.
    Cool bazooka @Mak the Night.
     
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