Conjunction, Moon, Venus, Playides & Haydes. 19th April

13 years 5 months ago #44099 by Frank Ryan
For anyone interested....
There is a nice conjunction taking place twords the end of April.
The Moon (thin crescent), Venus, The Playides & Haydes will be in or
around the same neck of the woods around the 19th of April.

This should afford an opportunity to any visual observers or astrophotographers a chance to catch a nice scene.

(bellow is a screen grab from Stellarium of the night in question)



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13 years 5 months ago #44101 by paulevans
Yep, looks like a nice photo-op Frank. Though what the map doesn't show is that it will be quite hard to get contrast due to the twilight - Venus is bright enough to be seen but M45 will be much harder.

Clear skies,

Paul.

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13 years 5 months ago #44105 by Frank Ryan
Yip.. there in lays the challenge!

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13 years 5 months ago #44106 by michaeloconnell
What will be difficult here is their respective magnitudes and trying to capture different levels of detail from the brilliant Moon and Venus to the much dimmer Pleaides. The best thing to do here would be to capture a range of exposures.

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13 years 5 months ago #44114 by Frank Ryan
I'm hoping to catch some earthshine.
The thought had also crossed my mind to do multi exposures and
the combine them to show all the objects...
we'll see...

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13 years 5 months ago #44125 by philiplardner
Getting the exposure and contrast right for all the different objects - 2 clusters, Venus and the Moon, and the background stars, so that they all show up perfectly will be pretty much impossible... so why not cheat a little and photograph that region with and without the Moon (two shots a couple of hours apart) with one exposure aimed at capturing the best detail on the moon. In PaintShop or PhotoShop, subtract the difference between the two images to loose the moon in both (but leave the stars and Venus) and then drop a cut-out of the Moon back in, in its correct position.

A little creativity can produce beautiful results... and have appeared in the gallery pages of Kiss&Tel many times!

Phil.

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13 years 5 months ago #44138 by Frank Ryan
Exactly what I was thinking Phil.
Thanks.

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13 years 5 months ago #44820 by Frank Ryan
Wow. Nice clear skies tonight for this....
Anyone else?

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13 years 5 months ago #44836 by Frank Ryan
Right, well, the weather stayed OK for a while...
here is the first one I took...



I could just about see Haydes but I had to stroll 5min down the road to
get it all in frame....Murphys Law, by the time I got there it had clouded out....
Arrrah!
Anyway...

There ye go.
Moon (earthshine illuminated , Venus and the Magnificent 7.)

My Dad and I sat out on the front step of the house this evening
waiting to see who'd be the first to see venus...
well the crescent moon was a dead giveaway but..then ...
out strolled my ma and went ''What's that star there called?''
...
yeah... :oops:

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13 years 5 months ago #44838 by phoenix
Frank,

:shock: Well done, well balanced and the only thing missing is atmosphere detail in Venus :lol: . Thats all I can say.

Kieran
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13 years 5 months ago #44849 by Seanie_Morris
Absolutely stunning to watch last night. I nearly crashed the car into workaround 11pm because the view infront of me was stunning (heading into Tullamore on the Portarlington road anyone? 4.5 miles of dead straight smooth road, with the conjunction right in front of you. Damn those road rules about watching where you're going!!)

The amount of Earthshine visible was really amazing. Even so late at night. I wish I wasn't working last night to have enjoyed it more.

:D

By the way, did anyone spotany Lyrids while they were out observing?

Seanie.

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13 years 5 months ago #44857 by Frank Ryan
Here is a shot of Venus from last night also.



1min AVI Taken usingan ETX-125,
Philips webcam with IR cut filter,
2x Barlow,
Processed in Registax.

Yeah Seanie,
The earthshine was very noticable, more so before dark.
I have a few earlier shots from when I was setting up and I got Haydes in
as well but its very faint.

No Lyrids by the way.

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13 years 5 months ago #44862 by TrevorDurity
Lovely shots!

I had actually completely forgotten about it and it was a pleasant surprise when I popped outside and was greeted with this sight!

Trev

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13 years 5 months ago #44879 by galwayskywatchers
Hi was down at Turlough Riound tower and took a few shots of the alingment, got the photo on TV3 weather today and spaceweather.com. hope ye all like it, quality is down as i had to compress the image, full res on Spaceweather,

Ronan Newman
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13 years 5 months ago #44880 by michaeloconnell
Super images lads!
Well done Ronan on getting your image onto TV3 and Spaceweather!

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13 years 5 months ago #44887 by Frank Ryan
Class work Ronan!

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13 years 5 months ago #44899 by wellbuttie
super images there Frank and Ronan...... well done!!!!

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13 years 5 months ago #44900 by wellbuttie
tried this on wednesday....... at about 9.30pm....

www.deiseastronomy.com/gallery/sky13.htm

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13 years 5 months ago #44901 by Frank Ryan
Whoa Steve!
You did well to to get anything in those conditions.
How BAD is that light pollution!

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13 years 5 months ago #44904 by wellbuttie
Rather surprised myself......as to good how they turned out...

Then I tried these photographs on the way home to waterford from dublin last night...... a few miles north of castledermot, much darker skies... and alot less hassle (despite the trucks)!!!

Venus and the moon
www.deiseastronomy.com/gallery/sky15.htm

Just the Moon
www.deiseastronomy.com/gallery/sky14.htm

Steve Roche
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13 years 5 months ago #44905 by michaeloconnell
Those are quite nice images Stephen!! Good stuff!!

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13 years 5 months ago #44910 by dave_lillis
Great images lads.
I had a look at it that night, we didn't have cloud for a change.!
The earthshine was very obvious, a nice apparition.

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