Flintstone Stargazing

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.

October 9, 2010

Venus on 10/9/10

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal, Venus — Ed @ 10:36 pm

Venus is getting very low on the horizon after sunset, so I had to set up when the sun was just behind my neighbor’s house to be able to image Venus. Venus is really, really large right now – larger in the scope than Jupiter (this image is taken at the same scale as my recent large Jupiter images. Because of Venus’s dense, reflective clouds, I can’t really see any detail. It’s a very large crescent right now.

March 17, 2009

Venus on 3/17/09

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Tags: — Ed @ 9:23 pm

Venus has been getting huge lately, but I haven’t been able to see it because of the cloudy weather. This evening is clear of clouds, but a bit hazy. I was able to get this quick shot of Venus as it set behind a tree across the street. It’s just huge in the eyepiece and becoming more of a crescent every day.

February 16, 2009

Venus on 2/16/09

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Tags: — Ed @ 10:38 pm

I’m back out in my driveway for the first time in a couple weeks. It’s rather chilly, but very clear. I’m hoping to take some deep sky stuff tonight. The image above is of Venus. It’s getting huge in the scope now and will only be getting bigger over the next month or so – it’s clearly a crescent and I believe that I can see that it’s a crescent even looking at it with the naked eye.

January 15, 2009

International Space Station on 1/15/09

It’s super chilly out, but I was able to snag this shot of the ISS passing overhead. That’s Venus to the left.

It turns out that it’s too cold for my laptop out here, so I’m going to head inside. I wasn’t really planning on this being the coldest night of the year… :)

Update: I set up the D50 DSLR on the tripod and took a star trails shot:

January 7, 2009

Bright Stuff on a Windy Night

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mercury, Moon, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Tags: , , — Ed @ 9:22 pm

It’s been so rainy and cloudy that I haven’t had the scope out since the first of the year. Today the clouds pretty much went away and I set up the scope. Because of the brightness of the Moon and the light wind, I decided to get images of just bright stuff. The first item on my list was Mercury which is the higher of the two planets visible in the west just after sunset. Mercury through the scope looked like it was a quarter moon shape, though it was hard to tell through all of its wavering in the atmosphere. It really doesn’t show up that well in this image either, but it’s nice to bag it when I can.

Next up was Venus. Venus is clearly a half-moon now and will shortly start showing a crescent. It’s much more interesting in the scope than Mercury because it’s higher in the sky so it wavers less and it’s much larger so its shape is much clearer.

Finally I started imaging the Moon which is very bright this evening. While getting the images for this picture, the wind started blowing fiercely and I began to worry about the stability of my scope so as soon as I finished the image, I took everything down. Hopefully tomorrow will be clear as well, but a lot less windy.

December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

Filed under: Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal, Venus — Tags: , , , — Ed @ 10:26 pm

My neighbors are shooting off fireworks this evening and in this image, you can see the Moon and Venus in the bottom left of the image.

Venus on 12/31/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal, Venus — Tags: , — Ed @ 10:22 pm

Venus is pretty much a “quarter moon” now and getting larger in the scope. It was very close to the Moon this evening.

Speaking of the Moon, I also got a detailed shot of the lower limb of the Moon:

December 30, 2008

Venus on 12/29/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Tags: — Ed @ 12:13 am

Venus is quite high now in the evening sky and very, very bright. It’s also starting to clearly show phases. According to Sky and Telescope, it should be a massive crescent in February – bigger than my largest images of Jupiter. Unfortunately, because of the dense clouds on the planet and it’s extreme brightness, there’s no way for me to get any images with detail of the planet or its clouds. I’ve seen some Venus filters that supposedly can show some detail, but I don’t believe my equipment is good enough for that to really matter.

December 2, 2008

Moon/Venus/Jupiter Conjunction on 12/2/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Jupiter, Moon, Observation Journal, Planets, Venus — Tags: — Ed @ 9:22 pm

Okay, as I said in a previous post, I’m not too into conjunctions. They’re kind of neat, I guess, but they don’t get me too excited. That said, I figured with the nice clear skies we’re having this evening I should get a shot of the conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter even though they were closest the past two days. I was still able to get them all in-frame on this shot and zoom in just a bit with the camera, I think with the motion of the Moon, that by tomorrow, the three of them probably won’t fit in the same frame. It’s amazing to me how quickly Jupiter has been moving compared to Venus lately. It seems like just a couple weeks ago it was well above Venus, but now it’s actually slightly below it in the sky. It’ll soon leave the night sky altogether and I’ll be left with only Venus in the night sky for a while.

Oh and by the way this guy has a great shot from 2 days ago – the planets and the Moon almost look like a smiley face.

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