Flintstone Stargazing

April 16, 2014

Looking at Mars

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 10:51 pm

Mars is just about at opposition and I finally have gotten out with my scope again. While viewing wasn’t ideal, I did get a photo:

Mars on 4/16/14

 

June 5, 2012

Venus Transit

At this point, Venus is completely in front of the Sun.

Venus Transit Teardrop

At a certain point, because of the atmosphere of Venus, there’s a kind of teardrop shape as it completely enters the Sun – this is at that moment.

The Transit of Venus has begun

This image is from the start of the Transit. More images soon.

April 19, 2012

Mars on 4/19/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 10:34 pm

Mars is shrinking quickly in the telescope, but I was still able to make out some detail and the camera was able to capture it. It’s about half the size it was a month ago.

March 25, 2012

Mars on 3/25/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 10:45 pm

I’m not willing to stay up until past 2 to try to image the recent Mars “anomaly”. (Which is probably just a high altitude storm) I did take this quick shot this evening, though.

March 9, 2012

Mars on 3/9/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 11:37 pm

Tonight was pretty nice for viewing and I was able to get a decent shot of Mars once it rose significantly above my roof. While not quite as clear as Monday’s image, I think this still shows off the red planet pretty nicely.

March 5, 2012

Mars on 3/5/12

Filed under: astronomy, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 11:50 pm
Mars on 3/5/12
Mars on 3/5/12

Tonight was chilly but clear and once Mars rose above my house and moved away from the heat shimmers near the roof, it was possible to get it in very precise focus. I was able to visually see most of the details evident in this image (the polar cap, the dark regions and the clouds as well) in the eyepiece and they came through on the camera as well.

March 4, 2012

Mars at Opposition on 3/4/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 4:32 am

I got up early (3:15) to capture Mars at its largest for the year. It was reasonably clear, but windy and a fair amount of haze, but I got a decent image anyway. I hope to have a really good night for viewing soon – I’d like to get a really good image.

March 1, 2012

Venus on 3/1/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Ed @ 9:31 pm

Venus is getting higher and larger in the sky. In a month or so it’ll be really, really big.

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