On Octobre 30 I finally had a chance to observe Uranus. The sketch is made using the 12 inch Dobson from Orion Optics mounted on an Equatorial Platform. I used a 12mm Nagler. The magnification is 133x and the FOV is 37'. The observation and sketch were made from my backyard, between 22:00 and 23:00 local time. The seeing was somehow stable, but the transparency was bad. With the 2x powermate installed I could barely see a hint of green-blue color on the planets disk. there were no details visible. However, it was a very pleasing observation. Uranus really stood out as a little disk from its starry surroundings.
It was made with the using the 7mm Pentax XW, giving a magnification of 229x. Of course Mars didn’t look as big as the circle on the paper, but I like to sketch objects on a larger scale. Some of the techniques used for sketching Mars come from the book “Astronomical Sketching” from the Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series, a book which I can highly recommend.
This morning, about 05.30 UT I got up for work. I looked out of the window, and there I saw a great line-up of three of the brightest objects in our night sky, the Moon, Jupiter and Venus. What a way to begin your day as an amateur astronomer! The images below all
where shot between 05.30 and 06.10 UT with the Nikon Coolpix mounted on a tripod. From top to bottom you see the Moon, Jupiter and Venus lined up.
Early this morning, about 6 o’ clock UT the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, stood together in the eastern morning sky, a spectacular sight! They looked really impressive through my binoculars. Tomorrow morning Venus will be
standing right between Jupiter and Gamma Virginis. Next week, on November 9 and 10, Venus and Jupiter will line up with the crescent moon, again between 5.00hrs and 6.00hrs UT. Anyway, I got my digital camera out and mounted it on the tripod. Here are some of the results. Enjoy!
The Venus transit was just amazing. Follow this link to look at some digital images and read a the observing report:
Later this week I hope to be back with more images and some Video footage.
On May 18th and 19th I took some images of Venus in the western evening sky. Venus is still very bright with a magnitude of -4.0. Through my big binoculars it looked like a small crescent moon. At the moment about 1/10 of the surface is lit by the Sun. Looking through the telescope I realized how big the diameter is at the moment (49.1"). Here are some images I took during .......follow this link to read the full report
Last night around 21.00hrs I observed Mars, Venus and the crescent Moon, standing close together in the western sky. There was a lot of moisture in the air, and the light pollution......follow this link to read the full story
Tonight I observed Jupiter. The 4 big Moons all could be seen on one side of Jupiter. Even at low magnification I could detect see Jupiter divided into 7 different zones and bands.......follow this link to read the full story