Catch the Pleaides being visited by Venus April 11th

13 years 5 months ago #44347 by Seanie_Morris
Tomorrow, Wednesday night sees Venus' closest approach to the Seven Sisters (M45, The Pleaides). By closest approach, I mean it will be within 2.5 degrees of the cluster, a little to their lower-left seen in the western evening sky after twillight. A great photographic opportunity. The last time they were this close was in April 2004. Of course, they will have appeared close in the past few days, and will in the next few, but Wednesday night is the closest approach.

Seanie.

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13 years 5 months ago #44351 by dave_lillis

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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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13 years 5 months ago #44353 by dmcdona
You're tracking is a bit better these days Dave :wink:

BTW - congrats on the Obsession and commiserations to Software Bisque :D

Dave

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13 years 5 months ago #44358 by dave_lillis
Its shocking to see how bad the tracking was back then, this was with only 2.5 second exposures, about a 1.5 years later the scope was able to (sporadically) get up to 5 minute exposures fairly bang on, of course at that stage the dome was built so I had time to refine the polar alignment. I haven't tried it recently.

As for my "tracking" with the 20", its only as good as the operator, and is fairly tough going at 600x plus,
As for software bisque, they can wait a little longer.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
Chairman. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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13 years 5 months ago #44359 by Frank Ryan
Seanie....
a few nights later there is this...

http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6224&highlight=
You may be interested....

I'm gonna try fire off a few shots if its clear...

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13 years 5 months ago #44377 by Seanie_Morris

Seanie....
a few nights later there is this...

http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6224&highlight=
You may be interested....


Very interested, thanks Frank!

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